• Image of Rowers on River


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Cherry trees, the signature of spring in Washington, bloom along the Anacostia River. Other plants of significance are those that supported a civilization for thousands of years. Among these are northern wild rice, cattail, and a variety of berries. Nuphar, an ancient species, fills marshes along the Anacostia River, and adds to the beauty of milkweed, Joe Pye, and button bush.
old Anacostia River
Pickerel, nuphar, and possibly wild rice growing in Anacostia River marshes within view of the capitol dome.
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A flattened map of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Washington DC is is the middle of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Trash and balloons from the neighborhood or park go from the streets to the Bay and oceans where it may kill marine life. Do your part to keep litter in its place. More...