The Anacostia River watershed extends through suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia and is one of the most densely populated urban watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Investments in major restoration efforts over decades are paying off and enhancing water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and opportunities for recreation, leisure, and adventure.
These efforts have advanced, in part, thanks to the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership (AWRP). The Partnership, led by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), is a consortium of local, state, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and private citizens working toward a cleaner, healthier watershed.
Survey results are in! More than 500 residents of Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and the District of Columbia responded to the Anacostia Watershed survey. Results showed that the majority of respondents know what a watershed is, they know which watershed they live in, they support their local government's efforts and investments to clean it up, they understand that their actions can affect watershed health, and they are aware that the Anacostia is in the midst of a revitalization.• 70 percent report knowing which watershed they live in. • 52 percent consider the Anacostia to be less polluted than it was five to 10 years ago. • 87 percent are supportive of their government's efforts to clean up the Anacostia. • More than 80 percent knew that applying chemicals like weed or bug repellent in their yard can impact the health of the river, even if they lived far from the river. According to this survey, area residents are knowledgeable about the Anacostia River, they are very supportive of efforts to improve its health, and they understand the role they play in making it healthy! For more detailed information on the survey results, check out the links below.
Learn about the river, watershed and its protection and restoration through maps.