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Before and after of Watts Stream restoration.
Before/after at the Watts Branch stream restoration, which now provides quality habitat for local fish and wildlife in the Anacostia River watershed.
Credit: Mark Secrist/USFWS

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Economic analysis of Anacostia River shows potential value of restoring urban streams nationwide

U.S. Geological Survey today released an analysis of the Watts Branch of the Anacostia River in Prince Georges County, Md. and Washington, D.C. that documents how restoration work by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners on this urban tributary has had a substantial impact on the local economy, directly or indirectly accounting for 45 jobs, $2.6 million in local labor income and $3.4 million in value added to the local D.C. metropolitan area in 2011. The partnership's intent was to restore the eroded stream channel and improve habitat for local fish and wildlife, benefiting one of the most urban watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin.

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Published on: Thursday, May 02,2013

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