Citizen Science

Anacostia Riverkeeper Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring

Sign-ups for new volunteer trainings for the 2020 monitoring season are now open! Sign up here for monitoring in Maryland and sign up here for monitoring District sites.

In 2020, Anacostia Riverkeeper and the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), with your help, will continue monitoring 22 sites in District waters. Additionally, with funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Anacostia Riverkeeper will expand its citizen science water quality monitoring in to Anacostia River tributaries. These 7 new sites will be in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, as well as Watts Branch in DC’s Ward 7. This addition will allow a more comprehensive understanding of bacteria levels and overall water quality of the Anacostia Watershed.

Join us by attending a mandatory training for new volunteers this April!


In 2019, thanks to funding from the District Department of Energy and Environment, Anacostia Riverkeeper implemented a monitoring program across 22 sites in all District watersheds: Anacostia, Rock Creek, and Potomac. It’s our goal to provide up-to-date water quality data for all DC waters in order to ensure safe, clean, and fun recreation for all of DC’s residents and visitors.

We thank all of our citizen volunteers and the following organizations who are helping us implement both projects. For the DOEE District waters monitoring project: Audubon Naturalist Society, Rock Creek Conservancy, Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. For the NFWF monitoring project: Corazón Latino, Friends of Sligo Creek, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Friends of Lower Beaverdam Creek.


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