Your lawn might be a polluter. Here's what you can do

Your lawn might be a polluter. Here's what you can do

You might not realize it, but your lawn could be polluting the Potomac and harming local wildlife. Having a healthy lawn fit for summer picnics and protecting clean water aren't mutually exclusive. Hear from a lawn care professional on how to take steps to ensure your lawn, big or small, is river friendly!

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3 Pollutants in the Potomac River You've Never Heard of

3 Pollutants in the Potomac River You've Never Heard of

Though the fight against river pollution is gaining momentum, action still needs to be taken against some of the lesser known contaminants plaguing the Potomac. These pesky pestilences may sound unfamiliar, but they can have catastrophic effects on wildlife and public health.

Find out what these pollutants are, how they get into the water, and what can be done to get them out!

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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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Solar panels vs. trees: A real debate or a false dichotomy?

Solar panels vs. trees: A real debate or a false dichotomy?

The Potomac River - and the five million people who depend on it for drinking water - rely on healthy forests to protect streams from polluted runoff and erosion. That’s why we must defend and conserve our forests from irresponsible development.

Read our statement opposing Georgetown University’s Solar Project, a “green” plan that would needlessly destroy the largest surviving forest along the Potomac River in Southern Maryland.

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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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Extreme stream makeover: 3 local creeks are transformed

Extreme stream makeover: 3 local creeks are transformed

3 stream makeovers that make us wish every tributary in our region was given special treatment.

Thankfully, more makeovers are on the way as local counties are investing in stream restoration to combat polluted runoff, the top threat to clean water in our region. Learn what one local county is doing to help their streams and earn some serious bragging rights. #BestStreamInTown

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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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Potomac Conservancy Turns 25!

Potomac Conservancy Turns 25!

We’re celebrating 25 years of protecting the Potomac River and the lands, streams, and communities we treasure.

Potomac Conservancy’s President, Hedrick Belin, reflects on the organization’s history, the progress we’ve made to clean up the Potomac River, and what it will take to restore our hometown river to full health.

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Swimming called off for 2018 Nation's Escape Triathlon - Here's why

Swimming called off for 2018 Nation's Escape Triathlon - Here's why

Due to pollution concerns in the Potomac River, race organizers and District leaders were forced to cancel the swim portion of the 2018 Nation’s Escape Triathlon.

We've put together this FAQ to provide helpful insights into the conditions that led to the cancellation of the swim race. And, we offer ways you can help in the fight for clean water!

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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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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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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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