Pope Branch

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Pope Branch
Country United States
Region Washington, DC
Basin features
River mouth Anacostia River
Basin size 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2)
Physical characteristics
Length 1 mile (1.6 km)

Pope Branch is a tributary stream of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. The headwaters of the stream originate near Fort Davis Drive, and the branch flows roughly northwest for about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the Anacostia, which drains to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. The watershed area of Pope Branch is about 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2).[1]

Water quality issues[edit]

Pope Branch is in a highly urbanized area and the stream has been polluted by urban runoff (stormwater) and leaking sewer pipes.

The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment has conducted stream restoration projects in Pope Branch Park. Regenerative stormwater conveyances were installed to capture runoff from adjacent streets. The restoration work is designed to reduce erosion and pollutant discharges to the stream.[2]

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) completed repairs on the sewer line in 2014.[3] It began stream restoration in the sewer line area in January 2016 and the work was scheduled for completion in October 2016.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership. Bladensburg, MD. "Pope Branch: Profile." Accessed 2010-05-22.
  2. ^ "Pope Branch Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances". Habitat Restoration - Stream Restoration Projects. District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  3. ^ District of Columbia Water Quality Assessment; Draft 2016 Integrated Report (PDF) (Report). DOEE. May 2016. p. 36. 
  4. ^ "Pope Branch Stream Restoration Project". DC Water. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 

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Coordinates: 38°52′43″N 76°58′18″W / 38.878723°N 76.971642°W / 38.878723; -76.971642