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Groundwork Anacostia River DC Announces Retirement of Executive Director, Dennis Chestnut

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Groundwork Anacostia River DC                                                                Washington, DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Rick Magder, Board Member

914.953.7759

magderman@gmail.com

Guy Riddick, Board Chair 202.327.1007

guyriddick@gmail.com

 

 

Groundwork Anacostia River DC Announces the Retirement of Executive Director Dennis Chestnut, Chestnut Will be Joining the Team of the Anacostia Waterfront Trust

 

 

Washington, DC 12/12/2016 – Guy Riddick, Board Chairman of Groundwork Anacostia River DC announced the retirement of Executive Director Dennis Chestnut, effective December 31, 2016. The Groundwork board of directors will appoint an interim executive director while conducting a search for the new Executive Director. Chestnut will continue to consult with Groundwork Anacostia through March 2017 to assist the board, staff and volunteers through the transition.

 

Since founding and taking the helm in November 2009, Dennis has established Groundwork Anacostia as a leading change agent in environmental restoration of the natural resources in DC, youth programming, river and stream restoration, green workforce development, environmental education and stewardship. Thanks to his committed leadership, Groundwork Anacostia is well positioned to continue the management and improvement of the natural resources in the neighborhoods located east of the Anacostia River and throughout the region. We are grateful for his many contributions to Groundwork and our community, and wish him much success in his new adventures.

 

In his new role with the Anacostia Waterfront Trust, Chestnut will support the efforts of the newly formed, citizen-led nonprofit organization to transform the Anacostia River corridor into a place that unites the Nation’s Capital. The centerpiece of this effort will be a vibrant, 21st-century civic space on a healthy river, providing enormous benefits to the entire region, but especially the communities nearby. Dennis believes that the future of the Anacostia River, the riverside parklands, and the adjacent communities are inextricably linked, and is excited about the opportunity to work directly with the community and other stakeholders to create an exemplary urban park and a comprehensive master plan for the Anacostia waterfront.

 

Groundwork Anacostia has made significant strides in fulfilling its mission of developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. In the last seven years, Groundwork Anacostia has installed a connector trail between the National Park Service’s Fort Circle Trail and the DC Parks and Recreation’s Marvin Gaye Park Trail, has kept over 100,000 pounds of trash from entering the Anacostia River through its bandalong litter trap program, sent over 150 youth on week long camping trips to National Parks throughout the country, introduced hundreds of local residents to watershed stewardship, trained dozens of residents for green jobs, built the first 100% stormwater capture park east of the Anacostia River, developed the Urban Archeology Corps into a national model youth program, introduced over 100 students and teachers to STEM education through its citizen science-based green team program, many who have gone on the study environmental science in college, and has provided a pathway to conservation and environmental careers for the next generation of conservation leaders.

Groundwork Anacostia River DC’s vision is to revitalize the many vacant and derelict east of the river green spaces into vibrant resilient assets that benefit the residents who live, work and play in the neighborhoods that border the Anacostia River, and has made tremendous progress toward achieving that goal.

 

Groundwork Anacostia is Washington DC’s primary non-profit organization specifically created to convert contaminated land into parks, trails, and other public green space. Inspired by the Mayor’s administration in 2007, Groundwork Anacostia River DC is a partnership between the City, the National Park Service, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Groundwork USA.  Groundwork Anacostia is one of 23 Trusts across the country, and the only Trust in the National Capital Region.

 

After December 31st, Dennis can be reached at dchestnut.chestnut@gmail.com

Fixing the District – A Plan for East of the River

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Check out this Op-Ed written by our Executive Director, Dennis Chestnut, for the Washington Post!

 

Fixing the District

 

Cultural Tourism DC’s 2012 BikingTown DC

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Cultural Tourism DC’s 2012 WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC  kicks off on Saturday, September 15 in conjunction with Cultural Tourism DC’s Greater H Street, NE Neighborhood Heritage Trail Launch and the H Street Festival. Tours continue during lunchtime and evening hours on Monday, September 24 – Friday, September 28. Weekend tours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 29 – 30. The program closes with tours on Monday, October 1.

 The Greater Deawood-Watts Branch Green Restoration Tour

 The Watts Branch Creek and its neighborhood in Northeast DC is being transformed and restored through community-based action and public investment. Join Dennis Chestnut, founder of Groundwork Anacostia DC and his staff on this 2-hour bike ride to see projects that are restoring the neighborhood and its ecosystems. Ride along Watts Branch Creek, Marvin Gaye, and Fort Mahan (part of the Civil War Defenses of Washington) parks; and stop along creek restoration sites, tree plantings, bio-retention areas, native habitat restoration, and the New Empowerhouse Solar Home site.

Presented by Groundwork Anacostia River DC, Inc. and led by Executive Director, neighborhood aficionado, and long-time resident Dennis Chestnut; Program Manager Vaughn Perry, and Executive Assistant Fajr S. Chestnut.

To sign up visit Cultural Tourism’s website at www.culturaltourismdc.org

Become a Certified Master Watershed Steward

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are willing to assume an active role with a strong commitment to improving the environment and the quality of life in your community, we invite you to apply to the Watershed Stewards Academy and become a Master Watershed Steward!

Visit www.ncr-wsa.org for more details

Master Watershed Stewards work with their communities to:

Assess Watersheds– identify their pollutant sources and create strategies for reducing these pollutants.

Educate Communities– help neighbors understand the most pressing environmental problems in their area.

Reduce Pollutants– work with communities to target pollution sources such as pet waste, fertilizer or pesticides.

Coordinate Action– help communities reduce the polluted runoff by coordinating the installation of rain gardens, rain barrels and other Rainscaping/Riversmart techniques.

Please join us at any of the following informational sessions:

  • Thursday, August 23 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 11 6:30pm
  • Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm

3935 Benning Rd. N.E. Washington DC 20019

Applications are due September 15th. For more information, contact Lee Cain at lcain@anacostiaws.org 301.699.6204 or Fajr Chestnut at fajr@grounworkdc.org 202.506.1391 or visit www.ncr-wsa.org.

Participants become Master Watershed Stewards by completing the 14-session course (see attached schedule) and completing a Capstone Project that will reduce pollution at its source while engaging the community in the process. Most classes will be held at a location near the Minnesota metro stop (location to be determined).

Facilitated and sponsored by the Anacostia Watershed Society, Groundwork DC, and the Chesapeake Covenant Community, and the University of Maryland.

 

Cultural Tourism DC’s 2012 WalkingTown DC

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Cultural Tourism DC’s 2012 WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC  kicks off on Saturday, September 15 in conjunction with Cultural Tourism DC’s Greater H Street, NE Neighborhood Heritage Trail Launch and the H Street Festival. Tours continue during lunchtime and evening hours on Monday, September 24 – Friday, September 28. Weekend tours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 29 – 30. The program closes with tours on Monday, October 1.

 The Greater Deawood-Watts Branch Green Restoration Tour

The Watts Branch Creek and its neighborhood in Northeast DC is being transformed and restored through community-based action and public investment. Join Dennis Chestnut, founder of Groundwork Anacostia DC and his staff on this 1 1/2-hour walking tour to see projects that are restoring the neighborhood and its ecosystems. Walk along Watts Branch Creek and Marvin Gaye and Fort Mahan (part of the Civil War Defenses of Washington) parks, and stop along creek restoration sites, tree plantings, bio-retention areas, native habitat restoration and the New Empowerhouse Solar Home site.

Presented by Groundwork Anacostia River DC, Inc. and led by Executive Director, neighborhood aficionado, and long-time resident Dennis Chestnut; Program Manager Vaughn Perry, and Executive Assistant Fajr S. Chestnut.

To sign up visit Cultural Tourism’s website at www.culturaltourismdc.org

 

 

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Work Day (s)

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

American Baptist Home Mission Societies is coming together for a week-long gathering of more that 800 youth throughout the United States and Puerto Rico .  They will be partnering and serving throughout our community with various organizations, including Groundwork Anacostia River DC.  We will host 150 youth at various sites throughout Ward 7 on Wednesday, July 25th and Friday, July 27th, 2012.  They will be participating in activities with us such as stream clean-ups, working in community gardens and parks, weeding and mulching and sight line clearance.

Press Conference to Introduce New Bandalong Litter Traps

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The District Department of Environment, in partnership with Anacostia Riverkeeper and Groundwork Anacostia River DC, will be holding a press conference tomorrow to announce the installation of two new Bandalong Litter Traps in the Anacostia watershed.
This project was carried out through a grant from DDOE to the Riverkeeper and Groundwork Anacostia. It is designed to help implement DC’s obligations under the Trash Free Potomac By 2013 Treaty and the Anacostia Trash TMDL, the first inter-jurisdictional trash TMDL in the nation.

The event will take place along the banks of the newly restored Watts Branch in Ward 7, from 10:30am – 11:30am at Marvin Gaye Park, 61st NE & Banks PL NE (near Southern Ave NE). Event signs will be posted.

Speakers will include:
Christophe Tulou, Director, DDOE (confirmed)
DC Councilman Tommy Wells, Ward 6 (confirmed)
Dennis Chestnut, Executive Director, GroundWorks Anacostia (confirmed)
Mike Bollinder, Anacostia Riverkeeper (confirmed)

Speakers Invited, but not confirmed:
DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander, Ward 7
Jesus Aguirre, Director, District Dept of Parks and Rec

Staff from Groundwork Anacostia River DC will be cleaning out the Bandalong after the press conference.

Hikes for ALL

Monday, December 12th, 2011

SENIORS AND SUPER SENIORS

HIKING A DAY KEEPS THE PRESSURE AWAY!

‘Hikes for All’, a program created through Groundwork Anacostia River DC and Americorps’ community health member as part of a healthy community initiative between the National Park Service (NPS), National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) to promote outdoor activities in local neighborhood parks.

Thursdays and Saturdays 10am-12noon

Contact : Senior Track Olympian – Sue Barnes  (202) 832-6820

                  Community Health Member- Sania Rose (202) 713-4370

Green Neighborhood Challange

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Nearly 10,000 of your neighbors have already made the switch to wind power with Clean Currents, and so can you!

-If you are a resident of Maryland or the District of Columbia, you can choose your electricity provider

-Clean Currents offers low fixed-price electricity rates

-Switching to Clean Currents involves NO installation of equipment and NO fees

-Your local utility will continue to handle billing and service issues

-There will be NO change in the dependability of power to your home

-It’s one of the easiest steps you can take to support a cleaner, greener future

By choosing 50% or 100% Clean Currents wind power at home, you are actively supporting domestic renewable energy development. Your wallet will thank you too because Clean Currents offers the most affordable green power in the region.

*Be sure to mention Groundwork Anacostia when you sign-up:
– $25 will be donated to support Groundwork Anacostia
– No penalty for canceling within 4 months & $10 will still be donated!

Questions? Call 301-754-0430 Ext. 3 or visit cleancurrents.com

GWARDC featured on Fox News

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Proceeds from DC’s 5 cent bag tax are supporting GWARDC’s bandalong project, helping us clean and improve the health of the Anacosita River. Watch Fox News’ profile of the project and interview with GWARDC Executive Director, Dennis Chestnut, here.