For centuries, the Potomac has been an anchor for our region's identity – and the source of 90% of its drinking water. The wildest river running through an urban area, it is home to more than 200 rare species and natural communities. But rapid population growth – and associated urban sprawl – has led to an increase in river and stream pollution. Potomac Conservancy provides effective, long-term conservation solutions: permanently protecting land from development (thereby preventing future pollution), and building a coalition of advocates for smart urban growth and river-friendly policies. Thousands of volunteers in its Community Conservation program engage in hands-on restoration, raise awareness, inspire action, and encourage their friends and family to get involved. Tree plantings, river cleanups, seed collections, and other hands-on activities improve the local environment and empower individuals to leave a healthier, cleaner legacy for generations to come.
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide
Population(s) Served: All
Awards & Recognition
2011: Washington City Paper award for Best Place to Volunteer
September 2011: Kodak American Greenways National Award
- Why Donald Trump's view on trees is wrong
Fri Jul 17 2015, Washington Post
Conservancy President, Hedrick Belin, called on Donald Trump to replace the nearly 500 trees he had cut down along the banks of the Potomac
- Protecting Watershed As We Grow Our Cities and Towns
Fri Nov 14 2014, Huffington Post
Potomac Conservancy's State of the Nation's River report highlights the synergy between well-planned growth and watershed protection.
- Report finds Potomac endangered by sprawl
Fri Nov 14 2014, Southern Maryland Newspapers Online
A nonprofit dedicated to protecting the Potomac River called for "urgent action" this week.
- New Report: Dealing with Explosive Population Growth along the Potomac River
Wed Nov 12 2014, Bay Journal
The Potomac Conservancy's 2014 State of the Nation's River Report details the threats growth can pose to local water quality
- Report: Donald Trump's Golf Course Is Threatening Washington's Water Supply
Tue Nov 11 2014, Washingtonian
The Trump National Golf Club in Sterling poses one of the most dangerous threats to the quality of the Potomac River.
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