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Watershed Protection

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DOEE's Watershed Protection Division (WPD) works to protect and restore the environmental health of the District’s rivers and streams.  The division is comprised of two branches that work together to protect our watersheds from soil erosion, litter and debris, and other nonpoint sources of pollution.

Partnering and Environmental Conservation Branch

The mission of the Partnering and Environmental Conservation Branch is to achieve District clean water goals in a manner that is proactive and responsive to community needs by cultivating partnerships through financial, technical, and compliance assistance, education, and engagement. The Branch’s primary activities include environmental education, pollution prevention, outreach and education, reducing litter and illegal dumping, and inspection and enforcement of the District’s food service ware, bag law, and coal tar and PAH sealant regulations.

Restoration Branch

The mission of the Restoration Branch is to protect and restore the District waterways for the health of our communities and future generations through watershed planning, innovative stormwater management projects, tree canopy expansion, and stream and habitat restoration

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