Watts Branch (Anacostia River)

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Watts Branch
Restoring an urban stream (after) (7557277790).jpg
A restored portion of Watts Branch in 2011
States Maryland
County Prince George's County, Maryland
City Washington, D.C.
Basin features
Main source 38°52′14″N 76°54′16″W / 38.8706432°N 76.9045399°W / 38.8706432; -76.9045399
River mouth Anacostia River
38°54′21″N 76°57′26″W / 38.905706°N 76.957115°W / 38.905706; -76.957115Coordinates: 38°54′21″N 76°57′26″W / 38.905706°N 76.957115°W / 38.905706; -76.957115
River system Potomac River
Basin size 11,500 acres (47 km2)
Physical characteristics
Length 4.9 miles (7.9 km)

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 4.9 miles (7.9 km) to the Anacostia, which drains to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. The watershed area of Watts Branch is about 6,000 acres (24 km2) in Prince George's County and 5,500 acres (22 km2) in Washington.[1]

Water quality[edit]

Watts Branch is in a highly urbanized area, and its water quality has been rated as poor by government agencies. The stream has been polluted by urban runoff (stormwater), dumped trash 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[edit]


  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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