Top threats to native fish in the Potomac River

Top threats to native fish in the Potomac River

The Potomac River is home to dozens of species of fish — from largemouth bass to migratory shad. Fish can be thought of as "indicator species" for the overall health of the river because they are impacted by a host of environmental factors. 

Though several of the Potomac's fish populations are making a comeback, they aren't in the clear yet. Find out what's harming our local fisheries and how you can help. 

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Our favorite local date spots for the outdoor romantic

Our favorite local date spots for the outdoor romantic

Skip Netflix binge-watching, take a hard pass on a crowded restaurant, and get outside to make some memories with your special someone.

Whether you already have plans or still need to make some for the big day, we’ve got you covered with a list of the best outdoor dates on and around the Potomac. 

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Potomac Conservancy protects 270-acre upstream forest

Potomac Conservancy protects 270-acre upstream forest

Nestled on the outskirts of Cross Junction, Virginia, Bear Garden's 270-acres of streams, open spaces, and sprawling forests have been home to Carl Hovermale’s family for over one hundred years. And with Potomac Conservancy's help, this treasured land is now protected forever.

Explore Bear Garden and discover 3 reasons why protecting it is good news for clean water.

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Host a river-friendly holiday party with these 12 easy tips

Host a river-friendly holiday party with these 12 easy tips

Ah, the holidays. It’s one of our favorite times of year. But it can also be — dare we say it — a wasteful time of year.

Let’s make this holiday season a tad greener this year. Check out 12 simple tips and tricks from our staff and host a memorable, river-friendly holiday party!

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Meet 7 businesses who are giving back to the Potomac River!

Meet 7 businesses who are giving back to the Potomac River!

Ever wonder how Potomac Conservancy hosts 1000+ volunteers and paddlers a year? Meet 7 businesses who are partnering with us for a healthy and restored Potomac!

P.S. If you're looking for good companies to support this holiday season, this is a cheat sheet!  

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Where did all the eels go? Why the Potomac River needs this slippery friend.

Where did all the eels go? Why the Potomac River needs this slippery friend.

Eels: a slimy, snake-like fish most of us would rather not think about.

But, as it turns out, eels are an unlikely weapon in the fight against pollution, and scientists are working to return them to a stretch of river they’ve been blocked from for a century.

Learn more about the unappreciated eel and what’s being done to restore them to the Potomac.

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The "perfect storm" that caused Ellicott City to flood, and what we can do about it

The "perfect storm" that caused Ellicott City to flood, and what we can do about it

Last spring, Ellicott City experienced its second 1,000-year flood in as many years. What caused the devastating flooding, and are we in for more disasters during hurricane and spring seasons?

Chanté Coleman, Director of the Choose Clean Water Coalition, offers key insights into Ellicott City’s flooding and what our communities can do to protect our rivers, communities, and businesses.

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Ask the Expert: What do we know about the dolphins in the Potomac River?

Ask the Expert: What do we know about the dolphins in the Potomac River?

The Potomac River is home to a lot of cool critters — including bottlenose dolphins!

Discover what we know and what we’re still learning about this elusive local critter from the expert herself, Ann-Marie Jacoby, the Assistant Director of the Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project.

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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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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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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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Get to know the businesses that support a cleaner Potomac!

Get to know the businesses that support a cleaner Potomac!

It's not easy picking up 5 tons of trash, planting hundreds of trees, or collecting thousands of acorns, and although we know our volunteers are the best around, they couldn't have done it without some behind the scenes help. Meet the clean water conscious businesses behind Team Potomac! 

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The good, the bad, and the dirty. Ross tells all on acting locally with Team Potomac.

The good, the bad, and the dirty. Ross tells all on acting locally with Team Potomac.

If you've never been out on the river with Potomac Conservancy, you might have some questions before signing up for your first event. For instance . . .

What's it like to try stand up paddleboarding for the first time?
What's the downside to attending a cleanup?
What exactly goes on during a "spirituality in nature walk"?


Ross is here to help! He's been getting his hands dirty and feet wet at Team Potomac events for over two years. He tells it like it is and gives his honest advice to those looking for a way to get involved.

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