2013 State of the Nation's River Report
The Potomac River is a key indicator of the region’s health...So, just how is it doing?
The Potomac Conservancy seeks to answer this fundamental question in its 2013 State of the Nation's River Report. This inaugural report card establishes a baseline and set of benchmarks to measure progress going forward.
“Just as the federal jobs report is an indicator of the economy, the Potomac River is a gauge of our regional environmental health,” says Hedrick Belin, President of the Potomac Conservancy. “This report demonstrates how the river is doing in comparison to previous years, other similar bodies of water, and federal and regional regulations.”
The 2013 State of the Nation’s River report gives the Potomac River’s health an overall grade of C, an improvement on the previous D rating, but still a score that leaves much room for improvement.
In one of the most in-depth looks into the current state of the river by Potomac Conservancy, this year's report evaluates five key indicators to create a comprehensive picture of the river’s overall health. These categories include quality of habitat, people, fish, land use and pollution.
You can download a copy of the 2013 State of the Nation’s River report HERE
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