For centuries, the Potomac has been an anchor for our region's identity and the source of 90% of its drinking water. The wildest river running through an urban area, it is home to more than 200 rare species and natural communities. But rapid population growth and associated urban sprawl has led to an increase in river and stream pollution. Potomac Conservancy provides effective, long-term conservation solutions: permanently protecting land from development (thereby preventing future pollution), and building a coalition of advocates for smart urban growth and river-friendly policies. Thousands of volunteers in its Community Conservation program engage in hands-on restoration, raise awareness, inspire action, and encourage their friends and family to get involved. Tree plantings, river cleanups, seed collections, and other hands-on activities improve the local environment and empower individuals to leave a healthier, cleaner legacy for generations to come.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

2011: Washington City Paper award for Best Place to Volunteer
September 2011: Kodak American Greenways National Award


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Potomac Conservancy is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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