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Water in the District

UPDATE: Anacostia River Use Survey
The purpose of this survey is to hear how you currently use the Anacostia River for recreation and how you would like to use it in the future. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.

Clean water is essential for human and animal life, for commerce and industry, and for recreation. Drinking water in the District of Columbia comes from the Potomac River, upstream of the District.

Our main waterways are the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and Rock Creek. The District is also part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  DOEE administers several programs dedicated to improving water quality within the District.

photo of anacostie watershed with chemicals on water surfaceAnacostia River Initiatives
Anacostia and Potomac River Monitoring Program
Get RiverSmart!

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satellite map of entire chesapeake waterway

Chesapeake Bay Program
Floodplain Management

photo of hands held under water tapWater Quality
Watershed Protection