Preserving Our Local Food & Watershed Ecosystem
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EPISODE 09: PRESERVING OUR LOCAL FOOD & WATERSHED ECOSYSTEM
A FEW QUOTES:
- A lot of the Anacostia looks like it did 400 years ago.
- One of the main trading areas of the Mid-Atlantic area was at the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers.
- There were so many things to eat in and along the Anacostia - fish, wild rice, squash.
- Wild rice was locally extinct until two decades ago, and we found seed in the soil [...] preventing geese from overeating. We've regrown the population of wild rice.
- 2,500 acres of wild plants used to dominate the Anacostia.
- An estimated 17,000 people per year are eating fish from the Anacostia river.
- "The Anacostia River has long divided the District of Columbia. In 1791, Pierre L’Enfant designed the “City of Washington” on only the west side of the Anacostia, launching the two sides of the river on very different trajectories. More than two centuries later, the communities on the east side of the Anacostia continue to lag in many educational and economic measures."
- Embassies were slated to be placed on the East side of the Anacostia river but they wanted too much money for the land, so they moved over here. But the best views are on that side of the river.
- People who have lived at River Terrace who have lived there for 60 years, and have never been on a boat. The access is the thing that is missing. How can we create the lines of access?
- The District Department of Energy and Environment have found species on the endangered species list in Maryland.
- We need to develop community resiliency around knowing what our land is providing for us (in regards to seasonal eating).
- The way we live is not sustainable right now.
- That migratory fish that shows up in March, Native Americans saw it almost like a god.
- The Anacostia Watershed, 80% of the water is in DC. PG county and Montgomery county drain into the District. All of the things that happen in that area, impact that watershed.
- We're getting 43" of rain per year, why are we flushing drinking water down the toilet?
- There are a lot of new jobs being created because of green infrastructure.
- We may pay $80 to get a massage, but you can achieve that same goal by walking through the island.
- What is a vernal pool?
- Kingman Island has served different purposes over time: farming during Great Depression, a landfill for construction debris, etc. Fast-forward to 1996 it was Federal property but transitioned to District property.
- Visit your local parks! Be a tourist in your own backyard.
- This year, there will be less sewage in the Anacostia than in the Potomac.
SHOUT OUTS & RESOURCES:
- Living Classrooms
- Anacostia Watershed Society
- Kingman Island
- Meaning of the Name Anacostia
- "An Island That Could Unite DC Lies in the Middle of the River That Divides It"
- WABA: Washington Area Bicyclists Association
- The Year of the Anacostia
- The Wharf
- Yards Park Marina
- National Harbor
- Alexandria Boat Tours
- MBSYEP - Summer Youth Employment Program
- Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival - Tickets Here
- "2018 will be the 9th year of the festival on Kingman Island. It is a fundraiser for Living Classrooms Kingman Island work to get kids out in nature to learn by doing. The festival has evolved over the years in some ways that have made it better. One of the best examples of this is the zero waste efforts over the past few years that are supported by the District Department of Public Works and the District Department of Energy and Environment. With their help and the help of our volunteers we recycle and compost 80% of the waste from the festival. We have been able to manage waste so well that the next day after the 10,000 person event, we collect less than 10 bags of trash on the entire island. We hope this can be a blueprint for other events in the city and the nation."
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