The Potomac Conservancy aims to clean up the Potomac River through hands-on action as well as political advocacy
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What is the Potomac Conservancy?
The Potomac Conservancy is an organization dedicated to making the Potomac River swimmable by 2025. In order to accomplish this goal, they have dedicated themselves to cleaning up the areas surrounding the Potomac, as well as advocating for clean water and the plantation of trees. If you dream of swimming in the Potomac one day, this is the place for you!
How do I volunteer?
The Potomac Conservancy has a plethora of volunteer opportunities. You can be part of a clean-up, plant trees, or help out with their advocacy program!
The Potomac Conservancy hosts many cleanups at various locations along the Potomac River. These cleanups take place once or twice a month on Saturdays. Volunteers at these cleanups help pick up trash and debris along the river. Each of these events are 2 hours long. These events are a great way to get outside while also keeping trash far away from the Potomac River!
The Potomac Conservancy also has a branch called Tomorrow's Trees, which promotes planting trees. Volunteers with Tomorrow's Trees can participate in acorn collection events or seed donations or lead a volunteer event. These events are super fun ways to help plant trees!
The Potomac Conservancy also helps you get involved politically. Their website includes a form that makes it easy to find your local elected officials (this form can be found here) as well as an easy format to use when writing to your elected officials about the vitality of clean water. The advocacy program is a wonderful way to start getting involved in your local government even if you don't know how!
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