By Jean A. Flanagan
Thanks to the efforts of local jurisdictions who have heeded the call to improve their sewage treatment systems, the health of the Potomac River has improved. So said Chad Thompson of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
Thompson was armed with a report by the Potomac Conservancy, which gave the river a “B-minus” grade. “The Potomac’s on the mend, but not in the clear,” the report said.
The Potomac Conservancy is a nonprofit, community organization whose mission is to “safeguard the lands and waters of the Potomac River and its tributaries and connect people to this national treasure.”
The report provided a good news/bad news scenario.
“The good news is the top three pollutants are on the decline,” the report said. “The bad news is that urban runoff is the only growing source of pollution to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.”