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Volunteers Needed to Help Water Trees on Otis Place

July 27, 2016
ANC1A Commissioners Richard DuBeshter and Kent Boese watering trees on Otis Place

ANC1A Commissioners Richard DuBeshter and Kent Boese watering trees on Otis Place

With the excessive heat we’ve been experiencing the past  few days, our efforts to tree up the neighborhood are going to need some help.  The eight new trees that were planted on Otis Place between the school and the recreation center are one place in particular that needs our help.

Last night I was able to enlist the help of fellow ANC 1A Commissioner Richard DuBeshter to fill the water bags on each of the trees and it really didn’t take that long … but the bag need to be filled about once a week.

What we need is a watering plan for the remainder of the summer and for next year. I can take care of the supplies and access to water, but we need some volunteers to take turns filling the bags. If you are able to help keep these trees alive, please contact me via email at 1a08 (at)

Admiring the Springs that Created Tiber Creek

October 1, 2015

A little over four years ago, I posted about Tiber Creek and its headwaters rising up on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home. While Tiber Creek is largely gone to the casual observer, one of the neat things about it is that the Soldiers’ Home’s grounds contain most of the few remaining traces of the Tiber — including the two ponds near the (closed) Park Road Gate, a natural section of the Tiber to the south of the ponds, and a brick lined channel just inside the fence along Rock Creek Church Road between the Randolph and Eagle gates.


Brick and concrete structure at the northern end of Tiber Creek.

Recently, while walking along the fence and looking at the brick channel, I noticed that there are some brick and concrete structures along the channel. The northern one is just south of Upshur Street, the southern most one is located near Shepherd Street, and there is one midway between the two. There are also a few small clay pipes that go into the hillside along the channel.

While the channel is mostly dry now, several weeks ago it had a trickle of water and these structures appeared to be the sources of the water. The structures appear to be built over the springs that create the Tiber, and which gurgle from the earth with varying activity depending upon the wetness of the season and ground water level.

The photograph below shows the structure closest to Shepherd Street. Even in its current dry state, it is still damp with a small pool of water.

Tiber Spring(A small spring helping to feed and create what remains of Tiber Creek. This one is located near Shepherd Street).

DC WASA now DC Water

June 18, 2010

On Tuesday, 6/15/10, the DC Water and Sewer Authority launched a comprehensive re-branding campaign that include the name DC Water, a new logo featuring a water drop, the slogan “water is life,” and a new Web site. According to the new site, DC Water held a month-long public competition in February 2010 to come up with the new logo. The new branding was chosen from elements in three of the 188 entries.

The following commercial is also part of the re-branding strategy:

As part of this unveiling, DC WASA hosted a blogger roundtable on the evening of 6/17/10 to explain their reason for doing this and give those  present the opportunity to better understand the District’s water future.

DC Water’s General Manager, George S. Hawkins, ran the roundtable. Hawkins was named to his post in September 3, 2009. One thing that was clear from the onset of the meeting was Hawkin’s enthusiasm about his job and agency.

Hawkins made it clear that the chief goal of the re-branding was to make the agency more visible and transparent — and as an extension, accessible — to residents. Still, a nice graphic does not translate into superior service. Hawkins gets this and made it clear that service was a high priority for him and DC Water as a whole. To emphasis this point, he cited the use of clear performance standards that not only have goals of 100% customer satisfaction — a goal he admits may never be met — but also creates a culture that recognizes and rewards employees who take initiative (Hawkins referred to a recent event where an employee improved an accounting procedure). (more…)

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