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Potomac Farmers Work Together to Clean Up Watershed

Potomac Farmers Work Together to Clean Up Watershed

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Farmers planted more than 1,000 acres of trees in the Potomac River watershed to battle pollution, but an advocacy group says they need more incentives to keep up the work.

Aimee Weldon of the Potomac Conservancy says more than 300 farmers also helped improve water quality by voluntarily building ponds and dewatering facilities that keep livestock out of streams.

Now, Weldon says, it's important to preserve green space.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting says Weldon's remarks came during a teleconference Thursday on the annual "State of the Nation's River" report.

Weldon says farmers want to minimize their environmental impact, but sometimes they need help.

She says local, state and federal incentives are needed to keep the cleanup work going.

Potomac Bridle and Hiking Trails Association Annual Post Thanksgiving Ride and Hike

  • Old River Rd & Montevideo Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837 (Meet on Old River Road between Montevideo Rd and Poole's Store.)
  • November 26, 2010
  • 10:30am
  • Explore the new trails in Seneca Creek State Park on the Friday after Thanksgiving!  Two mounted groups and one hiking group will go into the park. Afterward, enjoy hot dogs and barbecue at Poole's Store. Current Coggins required.??

    Trailers should enter Old River Road from Montevideo and park on the Poole's Store side of the road.

    Please RSVP by email.

Dangerous Weather to Impact Washington Area

Local forecasters and the National Weather Service are forecasting a significant rainfall event across the Washington D.C. Metro area beginning right now and continuing through tomorrow. Rainfall amounts of over 5 inches are possible in some areas with the vast majority of locations totalling in with 3-5 inches.

All of this rainfall is streaming northward from the south and is already making the afternoon damp in the metro area. Tropical Storm Nicole will handoff some of her energy to another low pressure center that is expected to develop over portions of the east coast. As this second low pressure area develops, copious amounts of rainfall will stream in.

In addition to the rainfall threat, there is a very small chance of isolated tornadoes to the east of the low pressure track. However, this chance is low. Even so, it is a threat that will need to be monitored in case it develops further.