News from Around the Basin – March 14, 2024

A new plan and funding to protect and preserve the Potomac, unique ways to view 🌸, funding to get blue catfish on the menu, and more, in this week’s Potomac News Reservoir – March 14, 2024 > > >

A Fresh Path Forward for the Potomac River

The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) recently published an update to a comprehensive planning document that it hopes will be used as a tool to protect water supplies, drinking water sources, water quality, and aquatic life.

At this week’s ICPRB Quarterly Business Meeting, the ICPRB Commissioners formally adopted the 2023 Updates to the Potomac Basin Comprehensive Water Resources Plan. The document is the result of a yearlong stakeholder process that evaluated progress during the first five years of implementation and developed the workplan for the next five years.

A section of the report includes how the public can get involved:

  • Encourage and participate in stewardship activities that improve watershed conditions, such as trash pickups, reducing winter salt use, and picking up pet waste.
  • Share the plan with local politicians, water suppliers, environmental organizations, and civic organizations.
  • Use ICPRB-created tools such as the flow alteration from impervious cover map, the land prioritization tool, and land use webinars to make land use decisions that support sustainable water resources management.

To learn more about the planning document, check out the video or read ICPRB’s news release > > >

Federal Funding to Protect and Preserve the Potomac River Watershed

ICPRB received $650,000 in the recent funding package passed by Congress.

In making the announcement, ICPRB Executive Director Michael Nardolilli stated, “We are glad to see the federal government acknowledge the important work of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River.”

ICPRB plans to use the funds to improve water modeling capabilities and implement the Potomac River Basin Comprehensive Water Resources Plan.

Learn more about the plans in ICPRB’s recent news release > > >