Joining together to build a sustainable clean water movement in Frederick County, Potomac Conservancy, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Education Fund), and Trout Unlimited launched the Clean Water Frederick campaign on October 1, 2014. We were joined by Clean Water Fund in April 2016, and continue to build new partnerships in Frederick County.
Each of our organizations play a unique role in driving accountable decision-making, getting projects on the ground to drive clean water solutions, and encouraging a wide array of clean water advocates to speak up and stand up for local waterways.
Potomac Conservancy is the region's largest independent non-profit focused exclusively on the Potomac River. We work to ensure our Nation's River boasts clean drinking water, healthy lands, and connected communities. The Conservancy combines the grassroots power of 21,000 members and online activists with local land conservation and policy initiatives to strengthen the lands and waters of the Potomac.
Potomac Conservancy has built lasting and effective partnerships in Frederick County to improve the health of local lands and waters. Over the last five years, the Conservancy has helped over 1,600 students plant more than 3,800 trees on school grounds; restored a degraded stream in partnership with a local homeowners association; encouraged brook trout migration through the removal of a 140-year old municipal dam; and provided resources to connect over 550 local farmers to Best Management Practices funding and technical assistance.
Clean Water Fund's mission is to develop strong grassroots environmental leadership and to bring together diverse constituencies to work cooperatively for changes that improve their lives, focused on health, consumer, environmental and community problems.
Since 1974, Clean Water Fund has helped people campaign successfully for cleaner and safer water, cleaner air, and protection from toxic pollution in our homes, neighborhoods and workplaces.
The Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCV) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to maximizing the participation of conservation-minded voters in public policy decisions made at the state and local levels regarding Maryland's environment and natural resources.
Maryland LCV's programs strengthen and build the power of the environmental community, and they expand, deepen, and activate a base of conservation-minded voters around the state. LCV has made a significant investment in clean water, working with partners all over the state to promote sensible policies to restore local waterways. Frederick County is a beautiful place with terrific quality of life, but now is the right time to be working there because the county faces increasing development pressures and local streams are already degraded.
Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds—places where trout and salmon thrive. Founded in 1959, TU’s dedicated members and staff work to conserve trout and salmon by leading conservation projects that protect and enhance fish habitat and by defending the laws, regulations, and programs that keep streams cold, clean, and fishable.
TU's greatest strength is its membership, organized into more than 400 local chapters across the country, including 200 members and one chapter—Seneca Valley Trout Unlimited—in Frederick County. Staff and members are working hand in hand with governments, landowners, and other conservation partners to protect and restore Frederick County’s abundant coldwater streams. Over 15 schools in Frederick County participate in TU’s Trout in the Classroom program.
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