Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water

About This Episode


More than 6 million people live in the Potomac Watershed, and whether or not they know it, some of the very infrastructure that supports their modern lifestyles is poisoning the Potomac. Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water follows three Riverkeepers of the Potomac Watershed whose mission is to patrol and protect the clean water of the Potomac.

Made by 568 Productions for the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University, nine students followed the Riverkeepers over the course of three months, documenting their work on the river. But they can't do it alone. This film is expected to raise the public awareness necessary to help the Riverkeepers tackle the challenges of farm runoff, paper mill waste, and coal ash.