2016 State of the Nation's River Report — Media Kit
Potomac River receives a grade of B-; first time ever above a C
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Highlights from the Report
The Good News
- The top 3 pollutants in the Potomac — nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment — are on the decline
- Shad, white perch, and other common game fish are making a comeback
- Over 25 percent of our region's land is protected, providing local stream with clean, healthy water
- More people are experiencing the river through fishing, water access trails, and state parks
The Bad News
- Polluted urban runoff is the only growing source of pollution to the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay
- Predatory blue catfish and snakeheads are invading out waters, putting shad and other fish at risk
- Poorly planned development in once-rural areas is paving over river friendly forests
- Underwater grasses and water clarity have been slow to recover