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Habitat Restoration

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The Habitat Restoration Program plans, funds, and oversees activities that will protect and restore river, stream and wetland habitats in the District of Columbia. The intent of these activities is to improve water quality in the District’s waterways and improve the ecological diversity found within the District’s borders. Completed wetland projects that have been funded by the Habitat Restoration Program include the River Fringe wetland project, the Kingman Lake Wetland project, and the Heritage wetland project. The Habitat Restoration Program completed the Watts Branch stream restoration project in early 2012 and completed several regenerative stormwater conveyance projects at Milkhouse Ford, Bingham Run, and Pope Branch. Additionally, there are presently several stream restoration projects under design for Broad Branch, Nash Run, Pope Branch, and Springhouse Run.

Wetland Restoration Projects

Kingman Lake Wetland Restoration:
The goal of this project was to restore over 40 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands in the Kingman Lake area. Read more>>

River Fringe Wetland Restoration:

The goal of this project was to restore 17 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands along the shores of the Anacostia River adjacent to Kingman Island. Read more>>

Heritage Wetland Restoration Project:

The goal of this project was to create six acres of high to mid freshwater marsh in Kingman Lake. Read more>>
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Stream Restoration Projects | Completed Stream Projects:

Bingham Run and Milkhouse Ford Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance Projects:
The purpose of these two restoration projects is to demonstrate the effectiveness of regenerative stormwater conveyances by installing a series of them along Oregon Avenue in Northwest. Read more>>

Pope Branch Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances:
DDOE installed regenerative stormwater conveyances at three different locations to help catch and filter stormwater run-off from the streets that drain into the Pope Branch tributary of the Anacostia River. Read more>>

Watts Branch Stream Restoration:
This stream restoration project used Natural Channel Stream Design (NCD) practices over a 1.7 mile stretch of stream. Read more>>

Broad Branch Stream Restoration:
This project began in February 2014 and was completed in October of 2014.  The goal of the effort was to daylight a 1,600 foot portion of Broad Branch Read more>>

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Stream Restoration Projects | Stream Projects in Design:

Pope Branch Stream Restoration and Sewer Line Replacement:

Located in southeast Washington, DC, Pope Branch is a 1.6-mile first-order tributary of the Anacostia River. The entire stream lies within DC city boundaries. Read more>>

Nash Run:
Nash Run is a first-order tributary of the Anacostia River. The headwaters of the stream are located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, but 75% of the watershed is within the borders of the District. Read more>>

Springhouse Run Stream Restoration:
Springhouse Run is a remnant of one of the original tributaries to Hickey Run, a tributary of the Anacostia River, with a drainage area of approximately 100 acres. Read more>>

- National Geographic Video Featuring Broad Branch Stream Restoration

A complimentary project to treat stormwater runoff is the RiverSmart Homes project. DDOE is piloting this project in the Pope Branch watershed with the expectation that 75 homes will take advantage of the program’s subsidies and will do their part in helping to clean up Pope Branch.