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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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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Photo Essay: Paddler Turned Volunteer

Photo Essay: Paddler Turned Volunteer

Raise your glass to Rebecca: avid paddler, River Center volunteer, and donor!

Just think. The Potomac would be restored with swimmable and fishable waters much sooner if the river had more friends like Rebecca. Hear from her directly and learn what drove her to get involved in the fight for clean water.

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Exercise your right to clean water in November

Exercise your right to clean water in November

Don't let others make clean water decisions without your input!

The headlines day in and day out may be all about the White House, but casting your vote at the local level is just as important!

Learn why local elections matter for clean water and how your elected officials can prevent polluted runoff from degrading our streams and rivers.

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Maryland residents drive new effort to protect drinking water, local streams in Frederick

Maryland residents drive new effort to protect drinking water, local streams in Frederick

“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.

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Empowering a Local Movement for Clean Water

Empowering a Local Movement for Clean Water

As a supporter of the Potomac River, you are part of a growing movement of over 17,000 people that is 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.

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7 Clean Water Tips for Earth Day and Every Day

7 Clean Water Tips for Earth Day and Every Day

No matter the size of your effort, you can make a difference in keeping our rivers and streams clean. We've put together a quick list of seven tips that will help protect clean water in our communities. What can you do for clean water?

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Safe Drinking Water Starts at the Source

Safe Drinking Water Starts at the Source

Ever wonder where the water that flows from your tap water comes from?

Many people turn on their water without thinking about its source, but the members of the Potomac River Basin Drinking Water Source Protection Partnership — are committed to safeguarding those very sources. Learn more about their efforts after the jump!

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Be a Voice for Clean Water – Help Save Maryland’s Ten Mile Creek!

Be a Voice for Clean Water – Help Save Maryland’s Ten Mile Creek!

Montgomery County, Maryland is home to one of the most pristine waterways in the Chesapeake Bay region: Ten Mile Creek in Clarksburg Town Center. But this important natural resource is in trouble.

Long-time development plans threaten to strip healthy forests and habitat surrounding the Creek, removing important natural defenses and water quality protections.

On March 4, Montgomery County Council will vote and decide whether to restrict future development activities along the Creek.

If you live in Montgomery County and would like to stand up for local water quality protections, tell your Montgomery County Council representatives to save Ten Mile Creek before March 4!

Contact Montgomery County Council officials >

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WV Chemical Spill. A Warning for Local Water Safety?

WV Chemical Spill. A Warning for Local Water Safety?

Is our water safe? Potomac Conservancy President, Hedrick Belin, helps answer that question in Potomac Almanac's recent January 22 issue.

“Polluted runoff can severely degrade water quality, wildlife habitat and fish populations in the Potomac’s tributaries and the main stem,” said Belin. “Keeping our lands and waters safe is most importantly about our right to safe drinking water, clean air and the legacy that we leave for our children and grandchildren.”

See what else Hedrick has to say about the Potomac's waters after the jump.

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