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 http://www.potomac.org/site/state-of-the-nations-river-2013/index.php; or contact the Conservancy at 8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 612, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 608-1188; firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization also has a Shenandoah Resource Center: 210 South Braddock Street, Suite 101, Winchester, VA 22601; phone (540 667-3606.