Grow your Capacity: Earth Day, Free Tools and Apps, Volunteer Engagement and More

Grow your Capacity: Earth Day, Free Tools and Apps, Volunteer Engagement and More

Central to the work of the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative is building the capacity of members and the community so that together, APACC and communities in the Anacostia River corridor can advance a shared community-driven agenda to improve the quality of live in Wards 7 and 8 and protects and restores natural resources. APACC posts resources and articles which can help you build your personal or organizational capacity. Check out this week's list!

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Atlas Obscura Highlights Curious Places Near the Anacostia

Atlas Obscura Highlights Curious Places Near the Anacostia

Atlas Obscura is a website that highlights "curious places" around the world, and they have several pages dedicated to interesting spots to discover in and around the Anacostia River corridor. Here are a few to investigate, if you are feeling a sense of adventure during this Year of the Anacostia!

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Gardeners: modify your practices to accommodate climate change

If you have a vegetable garden, it's important to factor in climate change in addition to the traditional concerns about planting times, water schedules, and what you will plant.

So says University of Maryland professor of biology and entomology Sara Via in How to plant a climate-smart garden — Step one: Expect spring to come earlier, on average.

Said Via:

In the northeast of Maryland, we’re having an earlier spring and a later fall, so we have a longer growing season. . .
Warmer nights, we know, can prevent some plants from flowering, like peppers and lima beans. And hot days can prevent successful pollination in tomatoes and sweet corn, and so you get tomatoes that are sort of concave because they don’t have seeds. And sweet corn, you don’t get enough kernels on the ear.

Head on over to the Yale Climate Connections article to listen to the interview and look at additional information.

 

Food waste drop-offs open June 2 in Wards 7 and 8

Food waste drop-offs open June 2 in Wards 7 and 8

DPW is celebrating Earth Month by reopening food waste drop-off’s throughout the city — though the Wards 7 and 8 sites do not open until June 2. And on Earth Day weekend (April 21-22), DPW is giving away kitchen caddies to the first 50 people at each open drop-off location to make food waste composting easier. Caddies will also be given free to the first 50 people at the June 2 farmers markets in Wards 7 and 8. 

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Free Community Bike Ride in Anacostia Park this weekend!

Free Community Bike Ride in Anacostia Park this weekend!

Get yourself, your friends and family outside to celebrate the glorious weather forecast for this weekend in fashion: on a bike, riding the Anacostia trail from Anacostia Pool and Recreation Center! The bicycles and helmets are provided for FREE by LimeBike.  Meet at the Rec Center at 10:00am this Saturday, April 14. The ride will be around 4-6 miles round trip.

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Grow Your Capacity: Figure out the Best Image Format, Make your Meetings Matter and More

Grow Your Capacity: Figure out the Best Image Format, Make your Meetings Matter and More

Central to the work of the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative is building the capacity of members and the community so that together, APACC and communities in the Anacostia River corridor can advance a shared community-driven agenda to improve the quality of live in Wards 7 and 8 and protects and restores natural resources. APACC posts resources and articles which can help you build your personal or organizational capacity. Here's this week's update.

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Keep Anacostia Park and River Drug-Free

Keep Anacostia Park and River Drug-Free

Saturday, April 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. As the DEA says, the Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. But when not disposed of properly, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are also bad for the environment. When the drugs enter streams and rivers, they contaminate our waterways and drinking water sources.

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Anacostia River Public Meeting on April 24

Anacostia River Public Meeting on April 24

The Department of Energy and Environment is inviting the public to a meeting about Anacostia River with a special presentation on the Anacostia River Sediment Project (ARSP). It will be held on April 24, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Department of Employment Services (DOES) Community Room #1 4058 Minnesota Avenue NE Washington, DC 20019. You can RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-meeting-on-the-anacostia-river-tickets-44689508523

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Explore the Anacostia Watershed in this Interactive Online Exhibit!

Explore the Anacostia Watershed in this Interactive Online Exhibit!

Krista Schlyer, a multimedia journalist and artist who has been working on the Anacostia River for a long time, has launched a new online interactive exhibit about the Anacostia Watershed. An additional 8 episodes will be released once per week! 

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Social Media Tips, Building Community at Work, Creating Oral Histories and More

Social Media Tips, Building Community at Work, Creating Oral Histories and More

Central to the work of the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative is building the capacity of members and the community so that together, APACC and communities in the Anacostia River corridor can advance a shared community-driven agenda to improve the quality of live in Wards 7 and 8 and protects and restores natural resources. APACC posts resources and articles which can help you build your personal or organizational capacity. Here's this week's update.

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Anacostia Rising - an Amazing Multimedia Story by WAMU

Anacostia Rising - an Amazing Multimedia Story by WAMU

The DC area's WAMU 88.5 published a beautiful and comprehensive summary of some of the history of the Anacostia River today. Created by Jacob Fenston and Tyrone Turner, "Anacostia Rising: What's Next for Washington's 'Forgotten' River" presents audio, text, video and pictures of the Anacostia River and the people whose lives are intertwined with it. The authors of this story ask: "What does a revitalized river mean for Washington, and who will benefit?"

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Join an Open House to talk Parks & Open Space with the National Capital Planning Commission

Join an Open House to talk Parks & Open Space with the National Capital Planning Commission

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) is in charge of creating the "Federal elements" of DC's comprehensive plan. They have released the draft Parks & Open Space Element update for public comment through Monday, May 7, 2018. Many of the public spaces along the Anacostia River and in the neighborhoods of the Anacostia corridor are Federal lands. APACC's goal is to ensure that residents' voices are heard during decision-making moments like this - we encourage you to attend one of the open houses hosted by NCPC to learn more, ask questions and share your priorities. 

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