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Water in the District

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.  DDOE administers several programs dedicated to improving water quality within the District.

photo of anacostie watershed with chemicals on water surface- Anacostia River Initiatives

- 2013 Stormwater Rule and Guidebook

 

satellite map of entire chesapeake waterway- Chesapeake Bay Program

- Floodplain Management

 

photo of stormwater drain- Stormwater Management

- Watershed Protection

 

photo of hands held under water tap

- Water Quality