2014 – The Anacostia: River and Watershed

2014 Maryland Water Symposium
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Charles Carroll Room, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland, College Park

Anacostia River 1900 Anacostia Sign Anacostia River 1961

The Anacostia River flows into the Potomac River in the Nation’s Capital; its watershed (176 sq mi) lies in Montgomery and Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Since European settlement, the watershed has been transformed by cultivation and urbanization, and the river’s water quality has been severely degraded. Governments and citizens have joined to preserve and restore the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the river. This one-day symposium will review the Anacostia’s history, the forces that have shaped it, the community’s investment in its revival, and current research in, on, and about the river and its watershed.

Honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), our keynote speaker will be James Foster, president of the AWS.

As a new feature of the MWRRC Symposium this year, we are arranging some afternoon field trips.


8:30 a.m. Gathering; Coffee & Tea; Light refreshments
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:10 a.m. Then, Now, and Beyond: Celebrating 25 Years of the Anacostia Watershed Society (Keynote)
James Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society
9:50 a.m. Reconstructing the Pre-Urban Hydrology of the Anacostia River
Mallori McDowell, UMCP & USGS
10:20 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Anacostia Geomorphology: Water, Soil, Plants, Sediments
Karen Prestegaard, UMCP
11:00 a.m. Dredging in the Anacostia River
Robert Blama, USACE, Baltimore District
11:30 a.m. Locating Sources of Pollutants in the Anacostia River using Active Biomonitoring with Corbicula fluminea
Harriette Phelps, UDC
12 noon Break for lunch. Student participants are invited to chat with guest speakers about work and career paths.
1:00 p.m. Water Quality in the Anacostia – How Are We Doing?
Joseph Bell, USGS
1:30 p.m. Novel Stormwater Management in the Anacostia Watershed
Allen Davis, UMCP
2:00-3:30 p.m. Field Trips

  • Walking Tour of Low Impact Development / Stormwater Management installations on UMCP campus
  • Walking tour to headwater wetlands (Transportation provided to trail)

This is the 12th one-day symposium sponsored by the Maryland Water Resources Research Center. The Maryland Water Resources Research Center is established as part of the Federal Water Resources Research Act, reauthorized in 2006. The objective of the Act is to support water resources research, education, and information dissemination.

This symposium will be of interest to environmentally-minded students in all fields of study, to citizens who care about the river, to scientists and engineers interested in learning about the societal context of their work, and to any water resources researchers and practitioners interested in understanding and building connections among the sciences.