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USGS: Fixing the Watts Branch tributary contributed $6 million to local economy

Restoring the Watts Branch tributary of the Anacostia River has created 45 jobs, $2.6 million in local labor income and $3.4 million in intangible value to the local economy, a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey says.

Watts Branch starts in Prince George's County and travels five miles to the Anacostia. The restoration took place from 2010 to 2011, fixing the sediment deposition issues (the stream was depositing 1,500 tons of sediment into the Anacostia each year) as well as relocating and updating sewer lines to prevent leaks. The stream now supports wildlife and even a local nonprofit, Washington Parks and People, which is using the stream as a "living classroom."

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