7 hidden gems and little known parks to explore this summer

7 hidden gems and little known parks to explore this summer

There are literally hundreds of national, state, and local parks in the Potomac region. Choosing where to go can be overwhelming.

To celebrate Great Outdoors Month this June, we’ve done the hard work for you. Get the sunscreen ready and lace up your boots. Here are 7 spots off the beaten path to explore this summer.

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Take Action: Save Montgomery County’s clean water funding

Take Action: Save Montgomery County’s clean water funding

In a rare move, Montgomery County Council Executive Ike Leggett just vetoed $50M that was committed to  local clean water programs. It’s time to Get Vocal to defend clean water in Montgomery County!

Submit your comment today and tell your local leaders to quit playing politics with our water.

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7 threatened animals to keep an eye out for on your next hike

7 threatened animals to keep an eye out for on your next hike

The Potomac region is home to dozens of threatened critters, all of whom depend on the Potomac River and its surrounding lands for survival. Protecting these amazing animals is one of the reasons our team is passionate about cleaning local streams and rivers.

Check out 7 threatened or endangered animals that we're helping to protect - and find out how you can take action.

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Your backyard can help clean the Potomac—here's how

Your backyard can help clean the Potomac—here's how

Just one inch of rain generates 2,000 gallons of runoff from a typical suburban home. Multiple that by the number of homes in our area and you can see why polluted runoff is the fastest growing source of pollution to the Potomac.

Hear from the experts at Backyard Bounty on how to transform your yard into a river friendly garden that fights pollution and naturally absorbs runoff.

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Photo Essay: Hike along with Team Potomac to explore an overlooked local trail

Photo Essay: Hike along with Team Potomac to explore an overlooked local trail

April showers don't have to leave you sitting inside. It turns out there are some perks to hiking on an overcast, drizzly day.

Hike along with Stephanie from Team Potomac as she explores an overlooked local trail that gives way to waterfalls, rock formations, and beautiful Potomac River views.

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News worth sharing: The Potomac’s making a comeback!

News worth sharing: The Potomac’s making a comeback!

"The Potomac is now on the verge of being one of the nation's great river recovery stories," writes the Washington Post

Our latest State of the Nation's River report is making headlines! Check out the coverage in The Washington Post, Grist, The Kojo Nnamdi Show and more. Help us spread the good news! 

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Why does densely populated DC have so much wildlife?

Why does densely populated DC have so much wildlife?

A quick Google search of the phrase "DC area wildlife sightings" kicks back thousands of results. From bears and bats to coyotes, dolphins, and eagles - it's clear we are not the only ones living here.

But why is our densely populated metro area of more than 5 million people home to so much wildlife?

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5 ways to pollute the Potomac River that are completely legal

5 ways to pollute the Potomac River that are completely legal

With all the progress made since the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, it may still surprise you to learn there are plenty of ways you can still legally pollute the Potomac River.

Learn how our community allows pollution into our Nation's River – the drinking water source for you and nearly 6 million people – and what you can do about it.

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Study finds the Potomac is getting saltier, threatening drinking water and wildlife

Study finds the Potomac is getting saltier, threatening drinking water and wildlife

Ever wonder where all that salt on the roads goes? 

Unfortunately, much of it is making its way into our rivers, causing serious threats to wildlife and public health, a new study found.

But there's one part of the country that's bucking the trend. Find out how. 

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These 3 laws could have a huge impact on local forests. Get Vocal and tell leaders to protect local trees!

These 3 laws could have a huge impact on local forests. Get Vocal and tell leaders to protect local trees!

Local trees need your help! Legislation in Frederick County, Maryland, in the Maryland State House, and at the federal level could all have a big impact on Potomac forests.

Make your voice heard by speaking up on these bills to protect local trees. 

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