Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Swimmable Potomac Town Hall

February 22 @ 5:30 PM 7:30 PM

Join DC water quality experts Jonathan Champion and Alicia Ritzenthaler from DC’s Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE), and Potomac Riverkeeper, Dean Naujoks, for a town hall discussion of swimming opportunities in the Potomac River in DC. We will discuss why swimming was banned in DC rivers in 1971 and why it is now high time to lift that ban.  

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library
1630 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Come to the town hall meeting to learn about what the science is telling us on DC water quality.  PRKN’s community science  water quality monitoring program’s trained volunteers collect and analyze water quality samples for E.coli bacteria every summer. The data we have collected shows that the Potomac is indeed swimmable most of the time! Let’s make the Potomac clean and safe and accessible to everyone for swimming, paddling, and other water-based fun.  It is our river – let’s enjoy it!