Potomac Riverkeeper Network is excited to be launching our first water quality monitoring on the Potomac this spring! With funding from DC’s Department of Energy and Environment, we are partnering with Anacostia Riverkeeper and other local groups to test regularly for bacteria levels in the DC section of the Potomac River. Our goal is to make our data available to river recreaters, so they are informed about when it’s safe to be on the river, and when bacteria levels from sewage are too high and threaten public health. Our ultimate goal is to make the river swimmable again.
Monitoring starts the first week of May 2019 and ends in September 2019. The testing usually takes place between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Anyone over 18 or kids with a parent can volunteer to be a water monitor, but monitors must attend at least one training session in order to be certified.
The training dates and locations are:
April 3, 2019 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Earth Conservation Corps Pump House
1520 First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
April 10, 2019 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815