Did you know that 85% of your drinking water comes from the Potomac River? Did you also know that agricultural chemicals, hormones, and runoff from construction sites can end up in your drinking water every day? Did you also know that by restoring riverside forests that we can protect the river's water from this runoff? Join us in our fight to improve water quality! The Potomac Conservancy advocates for a clean Potomac River through safeguarding the lands and waters that support it while providing enriching educational and recreational opportunities for the residents of Alexandria, VA and surrounding areas. We are the voice of the Nation's River and with your help we can ensure that the lands near the rivers are protected, that future development is ecologically sustainable, and that there are pristine riverscapes for future generations to enjoy!
In the heavily urbanized counties of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, nonpoint-source pollution from runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other toxins poses the greatest threat to water quality. Moreover, high-volume storm flow into stream valleys is a prime contributor to accelerated erosion of stream banks contributing to decline of in-stream habitat and extensive sedimentation into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. A significant amount of this runoff originates from individual yards and homes.
In response, Growing Native engages volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in an effort to restore degraded riverside lands. Restoring sensitive streamside habitats will provide a front-line defense for the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.
Since Growing Native’s inception in 2001, nearly 56,000 volunteers have collected more than 164,000 pounds of acorns, walnuts, and other hardwood tree and shrub seeds. These seeds have generated seedlings that will be used to restore sensitive streamside lands.
In addition to providing native tree stock, Growing Native builds public awareness of the important connection between healthy, forested lands and clean waters, and what individuals can do to protect them.