Potomac: The River Runs Through Us - The Documentary

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Each of us is connected to rivers in our everyday lives. Most of the six million people living in the Potomac River watershed do not realize that their drinking water comes from the Potomac. Since the Clean Water Act passed in 1972, the health of the river has improved. However, it is still in trouble and faces a number of serious threats: urban development, population growth and runoff from farms, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The film follows the flow of the Potomac water from its origin, into our homes and businesses and back into the river. We become aware of the need to protect this essential resource and of how our wellbeing and that of future generations is intertwined with the health of the Potomac. Narrated by Chris Palmer, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University.

Co Directed, Produced and Written by Peggy Fleming and Sean Furmage

This film does an excellent job of explaining the benefits the Potomac provides, the challenges it faces, and the responsibility we all have to protect the river, which is vitally important to everyone in the Washington region. At DC Water we take that responsibility very seriously and in the film you will see why.

George S. Hawkins, DC Water General Manager

The POTOMAC documentary is well-informed, scientifically sound and transparent.  You did a wonderful job capturing many perspectives without creating the fear factor, and the film inspires a strong call to action.

Sarah Neiderer, Special Assistant, Office of the General Manager,  DC Water

Your film is a jewel. This film must be seen by the people of the greater DC Metro area. The film really calls to action and tells in a nice way, without blaming, that each of us must do our little bit.

Adele Schmidt, Documentary Coach