Trump's Treeless Golf Course Causes Stir Among River Advocates
This summer when Donald Trump officially unveiled his newest golf course in Loudoun County, Virginia, he was quick to brag about the 1.5 miles of treeless shoreline he created along the Potomac River. The way we see it, that's not something to be proud of, and more than 5,900 local residents agree.
The wide-reaching affects of Trump's clear-cutting disaster have struck a chord. More than 5,900 river advocates who have signed our Change.org petition demanding Trump right his wrong by donating mature trees back to Loudoun County through NOVA Parks.
As Potomac Conservancy reported in the Washington Post this summer, in constructing his golf course Trump clear-cut 450 shoreline trees, destroying important wildlife habitat and a critical line of protection for the river.
Why did Trump do this? All in the name of "unobstructed" views for his National Golf Club members.
His action degrades water quality for the outdoor enthusiasts who fish, paddle, run, and bike along the Potomac.
It also negatively affects the five million local residents whose drinking water comes straight from the river.
What the media is saying:
Petition urges Trump to replant trees cleared from Potomac shoreline, Jeff Goldberg, ABC7
Trump asked to compensate Loudoun County for his water hazard on the Potomac, Dale Peskin, Loudoun Times-Mirror
Trees along Potomac River get ‘Trumped’, Whitney Pipkin, Bay Journal
Why Donald Trump’s view on trees is wrong, Hedrick Belin, Washington Post
What your neighbors are saying:
I fish from Algonkian to Riverbend routinely. This eyesore has done nothing good for this stretch of water.
Charlie from Vienna, VA
Trees, forests, the Potomac River and clean water are more valuable to society than a golf course for a few people.
Jorge from Silver Spring, MD
River buffers reduce sediment and nutrient runoff. Replant the trees!
Carol from Lovettsville, VA
Trees are vital to water quality and stability along rivers and creeks. How dare he cut down 450 trees for a view.
Suzanne from Richmond, VA
I am a nature enthusiast and lived walking distance from the Potomac River as a child. We fished and played in the water. We need to make a change for the better.
Danielle from Bowie, MD
You May Also Like
As a supporter of the Potomac River, you are part of a growing movement of over 21,000 people who are fighting for clean water protections to keep pollution out of our local streams and rivers.
Read a special message from Potomac Conservancy's leadership and learn how you are making a difference for healthy lands and clean streams in your community.
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Wise words, but what's that quote got to do with clean water? A lot if you ask Brent Bolin. Hear from Brent, the Chesapeake Regional Director at Clean Water Action, on how his organization is teaming up with Potomac Conservancy to mobilize citizens in the fight for clean water in Frederick County.
Coal ash. It’s been in the news a lot recently. But what is it, why is it a threat to the Potomac, and where does the issue stand now? Look no further. We’ve condensed the news into one quick blog post, just for you.
What is a "microbead?" And why did Congress take action to ban them? Find out why the tiny pieces of plastic pollution are especially problematic for the fish and aquatic animals that call our river home.
Something's changing at your favorite carryout spot — but don't worry, it's not the food.
Those Styrofoam containers that held your favorite meal are going the way of the VHS in the DC area. Learn why the ban is good news for our local streams, creeks, and wildlife.
What a year!
Take a quick trip down memory lane and look back on the most popular posts of 2015, as chosen by you, our readers!
The fight isn't over yet.
We've packaged our petition with all 6,300+ of your names and comments and delivered it to Donald Trump. See photos from our trip to Trump National Golf Club and learn how you're holding Trump accountable.
It's been a great year for our Nation's River!
From policy successes in Frederick County to improving fisheries, there's a lot to be thankful for this November.
Hard work by the Clean Water Frederick coalition has paid off in Frederick County, Maryland, where the County Council has increased spending on restoration projects by nearly one million dollars.
For the county that's home to some of the most polluted streams in the state, that's huge news.
Get more details about this clean water win.
In a huge win for clean water, a federal court recently upheld the multi-state Chesapeake Bay restoration plan.
Ridge Hall with the Chesapeake Legal Alliance explains the historic court case and what the ruling means for the Potomac and in all the rivers, streams, and creeks that feed the Chesapeake Bay.