State of the Potomac Report Published by Potomac Conservancy in November 2013

In November 2013, the Potomac Conservancy released its “State of the Nation’s River” report.  The report examined five categories of indicators of the health of the river: habitat (underwater grasses, tidal water quality, forested buffers, and stream water quality); people (access points, outdoor recreation, and fishing licenses); fish (Striped Bass, American Shad, and White Perch); land (current land use, future development, and protected lands); and pollution (nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment, and wastewater).  The report gives the river overall a “C,” indicating achievement of 40-59 percent of goals (some set by Potomac Conservancy, some by other studies or organizations).

The report is online at; or contact the Conservancy at 8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 612, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 608-1188;  The organization also has a Shenandoah Resource Center: 210 South Braddock Street, Suite 101, Winchester, VA 22601; phone (540 667-3606.

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