A new partnership to work for a cleaner, healthier Potomac River. The Nation’s Triathlon is joining forces with the nonprofit group, Potomac Conservancy, the Washington, DC region’s leading clean water advocate fighting to make the Potomac River swimmable – year-round!
Potomac Conservancy is working to achieve:
- Pollution-free streams and rivers, and a cleaner Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac provides 25% of the Bay’s water;
- Fewer chemicals in the Potomac, which is drinking water for 85 percent of local residents;
- Protected forests and accessible parks, the recreation resources of the Potomac River are vast; and
- Healthy and thriving wildlife habitat.
We recognize the Potomac River faces a challenge with water quality. Nation’s Triathlon is motivated as ever to work with Potomac Conservancy now to right the course for the Nation’s River.
Beginning in 2017 Nation’s Triathlon is offering racers and their families the opportunity to join “Team Potomac” in the fight for a cleaner, healthier Potomac River. When you support Potomac Conservancy with a $25 contribution on your registration form, you’ll be supporting local conservation actions that keep pollution out of the Potomac.
You can also join the fight for clean water and a healthy Potomac River by DONATING on the Potomac Conservancy’s website.
Potomac Conservancy is fighting to reduce polluted runoff, pollution washed into the river in storms, that remains the largest barrier to a clean and restored Potomac. This source of pollution contributes to bacteria levels that have derailed the swim race in the recent past.
So, how is the river doing? The good news is the Potomac River is the healthiest it’s been in decades! Check out the Conservancy’s Potomac River Report Card – a comprehensive report on the State of the Nation’s River.
The 2016 report gave the river a B minus – up from a D minus just ten years ago. In short, the river’s on the mend, but not in the clear.
Visit the State of the Nation’s River Report Card for complete information on the river’s progress toward the ultimate goal – a rating of “swimmable” every day, including on race day!