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Natural Resources Administration

Hamid Karimi, Ph.D., Deputy Director
(202) 535-2277 - [email protected]

The Natural Resources Administration’s (NRA’s) core function is to conserve, protect, and improve the soil, water, and living resources of the District of Columbia and to protect its aquatic resources from pollution and degradation. NRA achieves its objectives through a combination of federal and District authorities, such as strategic planning; setting and enforcing water quality standards; and monitoring and assessing the quality of the aquatic and wildlife resources. NRA has five divisions.

Fisheries and Wildlife Division (FWD)

Bryan King, Associate Director
(202) 997-9607 - [email protected]

The Fisheries and Wildlife Division develops, supports, and implements programs for urban fish and wildlife conservation, protection, recreation, and sustainability. FWD achieves its objectives by employing innovative and traditional scientific methods to obtain the best natural resource data available and by elevating environmental awareness and stewardship through education, outreach and community involvement. FWD has two branches.

The Fisheries Research Branch conducts annual surveys and studies of migratory and resident fish in the District waterways.

The Wildlife Management Branch conserves wildlife resources for the health and enjoyment of District residents.

Inspection and Enforcement Division (IED)

Collin Burrell, Associate Director
(202) 535-2255 - [email protected]

The Inspection and Enforcement Division protects the District’s water resources through enforcement of water pollution control laws and regulations. IED has two branches.

The Construction and Maintenance Branch inspects construction sites for compliance with District requirements for soil erosion and sediment control, stormwater best management practices (BMPs), and post-construction BMP maintenance. BMP inspections also include compliance for the RiverSmart Rewards and Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Programs.

The Illicit Discharge and NPDES Branch conducts facility inspections, compliance monitoring, and enforcement for illicit discharges under the District’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit; inspects well construction and abandonment, enforces water quality standards; conducts potable water certification for meat processing plants; and coordinates drinking water complaints and source water protection.

Regulatory Review Division (RRD)

Vacant – Hamid Karimi is the acting division director
(202) 535-2277 - [email protected]

The Regulatory Review Division reviews proposed construction projects in the District to ensure they comply with applicable laws and regulations to protect and restore health to District waterbodies. RRD also manages related programs, including the District’s flood risk management initiatives and mitigation programs such as the Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program and In Lieu Fee Program.

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Water Resources Protection and Mitigation Branch:

Water Quality Division (WQD)

Jeffrey Seltzer, Associate Director
(202) 535-1603 - [email protected]

The Water Quality Division evaluates the health of the District’s waters and aquatic resources, establishes and enforces water quality standards, sets targets for pollution reduction, develops implementation strategies to meet standards, tracks and reports on restoration progress and manages local and federal funds to achieve these goals. WQD has three branches.

The Monitoring and Assessment Branch implements programs to evaluate the condition of the District’s waters.

The Standards and TMDL Branch establishes water quality standards and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), certifies federal permits and evaluates condition and impacts to groundwater.

The Planning and Reporting Branch manages the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program, models pollution reduction progress, manages water quality data, and manages the Federal Clean Water Construction Grant Program.

Watershed Protection Division (WPD)

Sheila Besse, Associate Director
(202) 535-2244 - [email protected]

The Watershed Protection Division protects and restores the environmental health of the District’s watersheds by restoring streams and wetlands, providing incentives to control nonpoint source pollution, and conducting outreach and education. WPD has two branches.

The Restoration Branch sponsors activities that protect and restore urban river, stream, and wetland habitats. This branch also implements DOEE’s RiverSmart programs that provide targeted incentives to homeowners and schools to reduce stormwater runoff.

The Partnering and Environmental Conservation Branch brings together District and federal agencies, local non-government organizations, and local communities to restore and preserve the District’s waterways. This branch develops agreements and issues grants to help restore watersheds, conduct outreach, and reduce litter to waterbodies.