A restored portion of Watts Branch in 2011
|County||Prince George's County, Maryland|
|River mouth|| Anacostia River |
|Length||4.9 miles (7.9 km)|
|River system||Potomac River|
|Basin size||11,500 acres (47 km2)|
Watts Branch is a tributary stream of the Anacostia River in Prince George's County, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
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The headwaters of the stream originate in the Capitol Heights area of Prince George's County, and the branch flows roughly northwest for 4.9 miles (7.9 km) to the Anacostia, which drains to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. The watershed area of Watts Branch is about 6,000 acres (24 km2) in Prince George's County and 5,500 acres (22 km2) in Washington.
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