D.C. Mondays: Wild Rice Restoration in the Anacostia River

Wispy, grass-like plants against a forest background
Wild rice. Photo by Alonso Abugattas.


For more than three decades, the Anacostia Watershed Society has been working on recovering the Anacostia River's ecosystems, especially its natural filters. After decades of restoration, education and advocacy work, there has been a great recovery of the biodiversity of the aquatic ecosystems in the river.

This presentation by Jorge Bogantes Montero tells the tale of a great wetland recovery focusing on its keystone species, eastern wild rice. The Anacostia River was once a neglected urban waterway in the nation's capital. Today the waterway is the subject of a major restoration overhaul that will be a model for other cities in the United States and the world. 

About Jorge Bogantes Montero

Jorge Bogantes Montero is a natural resources specialist at the Anacostia Watershed Society. He leads ecological restoration efforts on public parklands in the Anacostia River watershed in both Washington, D.C., and Maryland, including wetland restoration, tree plantings, meadow creation, SAV propagation, mussel propagation, wildlife monitoring and invasive plant management. Bogantes Montero has a bachelor's degree in natural resource management and protection from the Universidad Estatal a Distancia in San Jose, Costa Rica, his native country. Before moving to the United States, Bogantes Montero worked in Costa Rica on tropical biodiversity conservation.

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (12 p.m. EDT / 9 a.m. PDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

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