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Watts Branch is a tributary stream of the Anacostia River in Prince George's Countymarker, Marylandmarker and Washington, D.C.marker The headwaters of thestream originate in the Capitol Heights area of Prince George's County, and the branch flows roughlynorthwest for about to the Anacostia, which drains to the Potomac River and theChesapeake Bay. The watershed area of Watts Branch is about inPrince George's County and in Washington.

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. A variety of stream cleanup and restoration projects have been initiated by D.C. government, the United States Environmental Protection Agencyā€ˇ (EPA) and other federal agencies, in cooperation with community organizations such as the Anacostia Watershed Society and the Watts Branch Community Alliance.


  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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