While virtually everything we do in the Baltimore District affects the Bay, the Corps has specific projects and programs that directly support our commitment to the Chesapeake Bay goals included in Executive Order 13508, Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration.
The Anacostia River Watershed is one of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s main priorities for restoration in the Bay watershed.
The entire Anacostia River watershed consists of 14 major subwatersheds and the tidal portion, all located within the Washington metropolitan region.
The watershed encompasses approximately 176 square miles in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Maryland; and the District of Columbia.
Historically, the Corps has been very involved in the watershed, through the development of Washington, navigation in the Anacostia River, and construction of flood risk management projects. Since the 1990s, our focus has intently revolved around ecosystem restoration.
Since 1991, the Corps has been a member of the Anacostia Watershed Management Committee, which oversees the multi-jurisdictional restoration efforts in the watershed. Within this committee, we are responsible for coordinating the federal effort to restore the watershed.
Since 2006, the Corps has been a member of the Anacostia Watershed Steering Committee and the Executive Committee.
The Anacostia watershed is one of the most urbanized watersheds within the Chesapeake Bay Basin and has suffered from years of environmental harm.
The Corps worked with stakeholders to develop a plan to protect, improve and restore the watershed; this led to the development of the Anacostia Restoration Plan (2010), which identified more than 3,000 projects for implementation and has since led to follow-on watershed ecosystem restoration studies in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. These studies include investigations of stream restoration and fish passage opportunities.