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Watts Branch (Anacostia River)

Watts Branch
Mouth Anacostia River
Location Prince George's County, Maryland and Washington, DC
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Watts Branch is a tributary stream of the Anacostia River in Prince George's County, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The headwaters of the stream originate in the Capitol Heights area of Prince George's County, and the branch flows roughly northwest for Script error: No such module "convert". to the Anacostia, which drains to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. The watershed area of Watts Branch is about Script error: No such module "convert". in Prince George's County and Script error: No such module "convert". in Washington.[1]

Watts Branch is in a highly urbanized area, and its water quality has been rated as poor by government agencies. The stream has suffered from urban runoff (stormwater) pollution, including trash dumped by residents and businesses and leaking sewer pipes. Much of the stream is in concrete channels or culverts.[2] A variety of stream cleanup and restoration projects have been initiated by D.C. government, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies, in cooperation with community organizations such as the Anacostia Watershed Society and the Watts Branch Community Alliance.[3]

See also


  1. ^ District of Columbia. Department of Health. Watts Branch Watershed Implementation Plan. January 2004.
  2. ^ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Annapolis, MD. Watts Branch, Washington, D.C. Watershed and Stream Assessment. 2002. Report No. CBFO-S02-03.
  3. ^ District of Columbia. Department of the Environment. District Department of the Environment Receives $500,000 to Restore the Chesapeake Bay. News Release. May 8, 2007.

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