Potomac & Shenandoah Videos

Mussel Tagging at oxen run park

Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Friends of Oxon Run, and Right Directions brought together youth and families to learn about how mussels help clean our rivers, and the importance of freshwater mussels in healthy water ecosystems.They gathered to “tag”, or glue, tiny numbers on the shells of 450 Alewife Floaters provided by Anacostia Watershed Society, and then put them in the local rivers. Later, these mussels will be checked to see how they are doing and how well they are growing, just like going to the doctor for a check up!

Respect the Shenandoah 

Mark Frondorf ranges far and wide to deliver the message of the Respect the Shenandoah campaign. Watch this video of him presenting to 50 participants attending, via Zoom, the event at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal.

Community Science and Water Pollution

Webinar replay from October 16, 2020

Respect the Shenandoah Campaign Presentation

Check out this video of Mark’s presentation at the kick-off to the Respect the Shenandoah campaign. This important initiative will be a game-changer for the River, and for the Valley.

Water Testing at Mallows Bay

We are really proud to include the National Marine Sanctuary at Mallows Bay as one of our new water testing sites this year. Mallows Bay, the nation’s newest marine sanctuary, is home to the famous Ghost Fleet, the sunken ships from WWI; a favorite spot for kayakers and canoers, it features a unique opportunity to observe history firsthand.

Shenandoah Riverkeeper River Rodeo 2020

The annual Shenandoah River Rodeo was held Saturday, July 13 at the Bentonville Low Water Bridge Campground. Our region’s best fishing guides generously donated their guide fees to Shenandoah Riverkeeper! If you missed this year’s River Rodeo on the Shenandoah, check out this video, courtesy Bill Howard of Downstream Project.

Keeping the Potomac – The Politics of Water

American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking documentary Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water aired on January 24th and 28th on Maryland Public TV. In May, it also aired in primetime as part of MPT’s 2017 Chesapeake Bay Week. The film, featuring Upper Potomac Brent Walls, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, and Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf, looks at efforts to stem agricultural nutrient pollution along the Shenandoah River in Virginia and West Virginia, a major tributary to the Potomac; a pipeline in Allegany County, Maryland that pumps effluent from a Westernport wastewater treatment plant into the upper Potomac River; and coal ash disposal ponds at Possum Point Power Plant in Dumfries, Virginia and their impact on the lower Potomac. The 2017 American Conservation Film Student Film Award went to filmmakers Sam Sheline, Kent Wagner and Elizabeth Hertzfedlt-Kamprath.

Clean Water Across America

Polluted runoff is the most serious threat to water quality in America, and farms are a major contributor. Federal Farm Bill conservation programs and state clean water efforts help farmers reduce polluted runoff into our streams. Produced by Izaac Walton League. Features Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf and PRKN Board Member John Gibson.

Potomac – The River Runs Through Us

Each of us is connected to rivers in our everyday lives. Most of the six million people living in the Potomac River watershed do not realize that their drinking water comes from the Potomac. Since the Clean Water Act passed in 1972, the health of the river has improved. However, it is still in trouble and faces a number of serious threats: urban development, population growth and runoff from farms, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The film follows the flow of the Potomac water from its origin, into our homes and businesses and back into the river. We become aware of the need to protect this essential resource and of how our wellbeing and that of future generations is intertwined with the health of the Potomac. Co Directed, Produced and Written by Peggy Fleming and Sean Fumage. Released April 2013. Features Potomac Riverkeeper Ed Merrifield and PRKN Board Member Brent Blackwelder.

Our Nation’s River: A System on the Edge

From Alexandria Cousteau (former PRKN Board member), a Blue Legacy International film released April 2012. The final stop on our 17,100 mile journey across North America, visiting the Potomac River gave us the chance to reconnect with the watershed we call home. This story, about the river which runs through our nation’s capital—and through Blue Legacy’s own backyard—really speaks to who we are and the work we do with local water keepers. The Potomac is the lifeblood of this region and a constant reminder of the challenges we will face in the future. Features Potomac Riverkeeper Ed Merrifield.

Shenandoah: Voices of the River

Two minute trailer for the 2008 documentary film by The Downstream Project, examining the history, ecology, and beauty of this treasured natural resource—and the potentially devastating impacts on its future. With The Downstream Project founder George Ohrstrom as Executive Producer, and just one of many passionate “voices” to tell her story, “Shenandoah” comes to life through the masterful lens of documentary cameraman George Patterson and crew. This film was co-produced by Thaxton Green Studios and Barnyard Productions. Released May 2009. Features Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble.