Welcome to Fort Washington’s Waterside Trail
When rivers flood, or when rain hits land without woodlands, fast-running water takes everything in its path to the bay. Pollutants from our homes, yards, cars, and work also flow into the bay. To protect the water, plants, and animals that live here, ribbons of waterside (or riparian) buffers of forests line the rivers and streams. These waterside woodland slow the erosion of soil and absorb extra nutrients, while also providing shelter and food for wildlife.
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As a river meets the ocean, a dynamic world of daily and seasonal changes in saltiness and temperature becomes the home to unique plants and animals. The rhythmic tidal changes work like an engine producing food, and decomposing matter. Winter storms tear wetland plants into food for fishes and all microscopic life. These tiny aquatic plants and single-cell animals grow to abundance when nutrients churn up from the bay floor and flow off the land. In the spring, many different types of ocean fishes swim up rivers to eat and lay eggs, and then return again to the salty ocean. In the warm waters of summer, crayfish and shellfish find food, and become food. Throughout the fall, millions of migratory birds come to the Atlantic Flyway to feed on the plants, nutrients, and fishes, and shellfish. Throughout the year, each part of the ecosystem depends on another in a powerful dance of life.
Walking on this trail, you will see some of the plants and animals that make their home in waterside woodlands.
Location. 38° 42.741′ N, 77° 2.194′ W. Marker is in Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince Georges County. Marker is on Fort Washington Park Road. Click for map. This marker is near the Fort Washington Park
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Self-Destruction (here, next to this marker); New Guns for an Old Fort (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Water Battery (about 400 feet away); Minefields (about 600 feet away); Shot and Shell (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Water Battery (about 600 feet away); Counterscarp Battery (about 700 feet away); The Cisterns (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Washington.
Categories. • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 2, 2016.