Celebrate World Water Day

Scenic view of Little Falls

Little Falls looking upstream – photo credit Kirsten Suhr

Today at Potomac Riverkeeper Network
we are celebrating World Water Day!

Today is a worldwide event where we celebrate water and raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. This year, the World Water Day theme is ‘What does water mean to you.’ At Potomac Riverkeeper Network, we are not only pledging to continue to keep the Potomac drinkable, swimmable and fishable, but today Dean Naujoks, Mark Frondorf and Brent Walls, our RiverKeepers, will be talking on our Instagram about what clean water means to them — and to the people throughout the Potomac and Shenandoah River watersheds whom we serve.

I grew up on the banks of the South River, a tributary of the Shenandoah, and it was the playground of my youth. At that time, I pretty much took it for granted — doesn’t everyone have a river in their backyard? — but not today. Today, I treasure the rivers that I have the good fortune to work with people like you to protect. And, after a long winter of social isolation, I can’t wait to get out on the rivers again this summer for our RiverPalooza paddle trips. The spring air is still a little chilly for a paddle, but I encourage you to get outside today, take a walk along the nearest stream, and recognize your connection to water — its beauty, its majesty, its importance to all living things.

You can use the hashtag #water2me on Instagram or any social media site to show off your activities of the day. You can also join our effort to ensure that everyone has access to clean and safe water resources by donating today. Show how much clean and safe water means to you! As always, we want to thank you for your continued dedication to our rivers, without you we would not be able to do the work we do to keep our rivers clean.