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Northeast Branch Anacostia River

Northeast Branch Anacostia River
Country United States
State Maryland
 - left Brier Ditch
Cities Beltsville, Greenbelt, College Park, Hyattsville
Source Paint Branch
 - coordinates N|76.9169444|W|type:river_region:US-MD name=


Secondary source Indian Creek
Source confluence College Park
Mouth Anacostia River
 - location Bladensburg
 - coordinates N|76.9435856|W|type:river_region:US-MD name=


Length 3 mi (5 km)
Basin 75.6 sq mi (196 km2)
Topo map USGS Washington East
Map of the Anacostia River watershed showing the Northeast Branch

Northeast Branch Anacostia River is a 3.2-mile-long (5.1 km)[1] free-flowing stream in Prince George's County, Maryland. It is a tributary of the Anacostia River, which flows to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.


The headwaters of the Northeast Branch are at the confluence of Indian Creek and Paint Branch, located on the eastern edge of the community of College Park. The stream flows southward for about 3 miles (5 km) to its confluence with the Northwest Branch near Bladensburg to form the mainstem of the Anacostia.


The Northeast Branch watershed in Prince George's County includes portions of the communities of Beltsville, Greenbelt, College Park, New Carrollton, Riverdale Park, Hyattsville, Berwyn Heights and Edmonston. Portions of the Paint Branch and Little Paint Branch tributaries also drain the Cloverly, Colesville, Fairland, White Oak and Hillandale communities in Montgomery County. Major institutions in the watershed include the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, University of Maryland, College Park and Greenbelt Park. The total watershed area, including tributaries, is 75.6 square miles (196 km2), with a resident population of about 246,530.[2]


Northeast Branch is located in the Atlantic coastal plain geologic region.


The total stream channel length of Northeast Branch and all tributaries is 12.1 miles (19.5 km).[3]:20

  • Brier Ditch
  • Indian Creek
  • Little Paint Branch
  • Paint Branch
  • Still Creek
  • Upper Beaverdam Creek

See also


  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Annapolis, MD (2005). "Characterization of the Anacostia River Watershed in Prince George’s County, Maryland."
  • Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (MCDEP), Rockville, MD (1997). "Little Paint Branch Watershed Study."
  • MCDEP (1998). "Countywide Stream Protection Strategy: Paint Branch Watershed."

External links

  • Anacostia Watershed Society - Detailed maps and photos of stream conditions
  • Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership
  • Anacostia Tributary Trail System - Prince George's County Dept. of Parks & Recreation
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