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Cold Emergency Activated: Additional services and supports are available for residents experiencing homelessness.
If you see someone in need of shelter, call 311 or (202) 399-7093.
If someone is in immediate danger, call 911.

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DOEE protects DC residents, visitors, and the natural environment by reducing the concentration of pollutants in the outdoor air.

If you suspect that a business is in violation of any Air Quality regulations, please fill out the Air Quality Complaints form below or give us a call at 202-535-2600.

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Review the regulations and laws related to air quality, pollution control, asbestos abatement and vehicle emmissions.

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Though lead has proven to be a very useful substance, exposure to lead causes serious adverse health effects.

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DOEE provides current water conditions of the Anacostia River and Potomac River, including temperature, Dissolved Oxygen (DO),  pH, depth, chlorophyll, and turbidity.

Anacostia River Explorers
RiverSmart Educational Boat Tours
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The Anacostia River Watershed is approximately 176 square miles (456 sq. km.) in area and roughly 25% of its land area lies in the District.  The river is the focus of large-scale restoration efforts.

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The District of Columbia and State of Maryland have agreed to use the Anacostia river as a model of how to reduce trash and move toward a trash free Potomac Watershed.

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AREC is an aquarium and aquatic education center located minutes from Capitol Hill in Anacostia Park.

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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Fact Sheet contains the following information on arsenic.

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Microscope view of Asbestos Fibers

To get a permit, submit an Asbestos Notification Form with the appropriate fee payment.

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Asbestos Fibers Under a Microscope

 The District’s Asbestos Abatement Program ensures that asbestos removal contractors protect their own health and safety, and the health and safety of building occupants and the general public.

Bats in the District

The District’s bats are in trouble. By learning to live with bats you can help with their long-term conservation.

Bats are one of the most mysterious and least understood groups of mammals.

UPDATE: DOEE is seeking Citizen Scientists for rabbit and chipmunk surveys in All 8 wards. Read more and participate>>

The mission of the District of Columbia’s Clean Water Construction (CWC) program is to fund the design and construction of voluntary projects that work to provide clean water to District streams and rivers.

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It is illegal to sell, use, or permit the use of coal tar pavement products in the District of Columbia.