Keep the Cacapon Clean Initiative


Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, is a leading figure in The Keep the Cacapon Clean Initiative (KCCI), a cooperative effort along with the Friends of the Cacapon River and Cacapon Institute to focus attention on water quality issues and to engage in “get wet” activities for river enthusiasts.

Although Covid presented a lot of problems to holding the in-person events, the coalition of which Brent is a part, has lots of plans for this year including cleanups, fishing camps, river floats and more! Check the 2022 Event Schedule. And don’t miss the Cacapon Riverfest event in June.

2020: KCCI hosted activities along the Cacapon River watershed — from Wardensville to Capon Bridge to Great Cacapon, West Virginia. These events truly feature something for everyone – fly fishing camps for kids, planting trees for river buffers, water sampling training, scientific presentations.  And of course, floats, hikes, and social gatherings.

Through these activities, the coalition will inform residents in the area and users of the Cacapon River about this jewel of a resource, and the importance of its preservation. We hope also to make a lot of new friends!

Launching this year, the Keep the Cacapon Clean Initiative will drive water quality improvements to ensure safe recreation and increased public access to this American Heritage River. The Initiative seeks to expand primary contact recreation access and safety in the Cacapon by reducing sewage pollution.

The development of the Keep Cacapon Clean Initiative was inspired by the successful cooperation of UPRK and the community in Capon Bridge.  For two years, UPRK tested the water quality of the wastewater facilities discharge to track the progress of the Town’s upgrades of the treatment plant. The cooperative efforts with the community ensured the wastewater treatment facility in Capon Bridge made the necessary changes to be compliant with state and federal clean water laws.

For more information, check out our events page.