Patuxent Riverkeeper is a nonprofit watershed advocacy organization affiliated with the Waterkeeper Alliance in New York, an umbrella group that licenses and links Waterkeepers internationally. The sole purpose of the Patuxent Riverkeeper is to protect, restore, and advocate for clean water in the Patuxent River and its connected ecosystem.
Their mission is to: “conserve, protect and replenish the State’s longest and deepest intrastate waterway. Our tools include strategic advocacy, restoration and education to achieve long term sustainability for the ecosystem of the entire Patuxent River basin and the people who rely on its future”
Members of Patuxent Riverkeeper patrol the river, investigate and resolve water quality and pollution complaints, launch and manage restoration projects, raise awareness about the river and its problems, and work toward better enforcement of current laws and better laws to protect the river.
- Annual Patuxent Clean-up — The Patuxent Riverkeepers coordinate a river-wide annual cleanup event each April. They also tally each cleanup in order to get a statistical record of annual volunteerism and the amount/tonnage of trash collected.
- County Captains — Keep staff informed about what is happening both politically and practically in your area. Help track events, complaints, and activities by monitoring and reporting them as they occur.
- Citizen Water Quality Monitoring — Using the water quality monitoring data collection system that is published on the World Wide Web, registered users obtain training and basic equipment to do their own sampling. They are also able to log onto the public web site and upload their findings so that others can compare, learn, and share. The system is designed to accept monitoring results that citizens can reasonably be expected to test for with minimal training and inexpensive equipment.
- Patuxent Roughnecks — Clear snags from the upper sections of the river to keep a water trail open for paddlers.
- Riparian Tree Planting — Trees are initially obtained as bare root stock where volunteers then replant them in pots so they can be stored and nurtured in their grow-out station. During planting seasons, teams of volunteers get the seedlings into the ground in areas where they will do the most good.
- Administrative Work — Help is needed to support special projects and events.
Fred Tutman (Riverkeeper)
301−579−2073 ext 7
Patuxent Riverkeeper’s Visitor Center is located at
17421 Nottingham Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772