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Potomac Riverwatch: Spring 2016

WATERSHED CLEANUP

More than 9,000 volunteers helped pick up trash and debris at 257 sites in the Potomac Watershed in April and early May. The 28th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup was a big success, with more than 320,000 pounds of trash removed. The effort is coordinated by the Alice Ferguson Foundation in Accokeek, Maryland, with cooperating partners throughout the basin.

POTOMAC HEALTH IMPROVES

After decades of decline, the Potomac River is on its way to recovery, according to a reort card issued by the Potomac Conservancy in April.

The Conservancy's report put the health of the river at a "B-", the first time it has been above "C" in the annual survey.

The Conservancy says that "Pollution levels are decreasing, fisheries are rebounding, and more people are getting outside to enjoy the river. The 2016 grade is up from a C in 2013 and D in 2011. Efforts to restore the Potomac are indeed working."

The Potomac is the only major Chesapeake Bay tributary to achieve short- and long-term nutrient reductions in its headwaters, according to the Conservancy. Details about the report are available here

EVENTS

Paddle Potomac The Potomac Riverkeeper is organizing twelve Potomac paddling events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. See areas from the South Branch of the Potomac to the Shenandoah River, and down to Mallows Bay in the Lower Potomac. Details.

June 4--FLW College Fishing Tournament-- College teams compete for awards up to $2000 and qualifications for the College Fishing National Championship. More information.

July 9-10 Potomac River Festival, Great FallsThe annual Great Falls whitewater race at Great Falls has expanded into a weekend festival with paddle board races, family events, and more. More information.

River conditions and fishing report supplied by the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.