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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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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Report gives the Anacostia River its first ever passing grade

Report gives the Anacostia River its first ever passing grade

Earlier this year, our State of the Nation’s River report gave the Potomac its highest ever grade. The Potomac’s remarkable recovery is something to celebrate. But it begs the question, how about DC’s other river, the Anacostia?

Find out what grade the Anacostia earned this year and what project is reducing pollution in the river by the billions.

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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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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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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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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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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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