DOEE's Watershed Protection Division (WPD) works to protect and restore the environmental health of the District’s waterways.
The Division has developed and enacted stormwater management and sediment and erosion control regulations for construction sites. In addition, it has developed an extensive Environmental Education Program, using nationally accredited curricula, to educate District teachers, students, and residents in the benefits of environmental stewardship. The WPD also assesses the health of watersheds and habitats and sponsors activities that re-create wetlands or restore stream buffers with trees.
The following Branch Offices work together to protect our watersheds from soil erosion and nonpoint source pollution.
Inspection and Enforcement
- Construction and Maintenance - Helps protect the water quality and aquatic resources in the Potomac and Anacostia watersheds by inspecting sites that undergo land-disturbing activities
- Construction Site Inspection - Inspects construction sites for soil erosion and drainage problems, responds to resident complaints and recommends appropriate solutions.
- Stormwater Management Facility Maintenance FAQs - Inspect regulated stormwater management facilities for proper function and preventative maintenance.
Planning and Restoration
The mission of the Planning and Restoration Branch is to conserve the soil and water resources of the District and to protect its watersheds through education and outreach, stream and habitat restoration, and innovative stormwater management. Read More>>
- The mission of the Technical Services Branch is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the District by managing land-disturbing activities. Read More>>
- Reviews construction and grading plans for stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and floodplain management.
The Watershed Protection Division works with several regional organizations such as the USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program, the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB), the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) to address shared environmental concerns.