The POTOMAC documentary presents a complex problem in an easily understood and concise manner that will be relevant to a widely varied audience. As a former public works director and city manager of a city on the Mississipi River, and responsible for water and wastewater treatment, it was difficult to inform and convince citizens and governing bodies that pollution problems and pollution control directly affected their everyday lives. This film is an excellent public information tool and a call for action that could be applied to any river in the country. A well informed public is essential for both individual actions to improve environmental quality and to secure funding for the massive job of replacing our aging water, wastewater, and stormwater systems. Doug Leslie, Retired City Manager, Cape Girardeau, Misssouri
I’ve had a rain barrel for four years and use it to water my garden. Then, in watching POTOMAC, my focus shifted from capturing rainwater for the garden to preventing storm water run-off from my property during a heavy rain. In Baltimore, a ‘rain’ tax is being implemented for people who have impervious surfaces in their yard. Maxine Taylor, Baltimore, MD.
My family are very happy for everything you do for keep our river clean. Thank you so much. Alberto Escobar, recreational fisherman
Nonna. I know a lot about everything in your film. We are studying this in school. I know about Combined Sewer Overflows and species in rivers. I know that pollution is happening in every river and it’s a problem for everyone who drinks from rivers. The only thing different is that your movie is about the Potomac River and I know about the Hudson River. Lila S. , 6th grade MS 447, Brooklyn, NY. Granddaughter of Peggy Fleming.
Frank and I sat mesmerized in front of the computer last night looking and listening. Every image, every sound, every word of your outstanding film speaks to the core of your message. I can only imagine what the experience would be like on a full screen! I’m going to forward it to our local Northern Alaska Environmental Center whose work includes watchful oversight of our rivers up here in Interior Alaska. Margo Klass and Frank Soos – Fairbanks, Alaska
POTOMAC is so carefully crafted with lots of statistics to support the urgent message and presented in a way that will convince even the folks who keep denying the huge damage to the earth in general and to waterways in particular.
We have several dreadful situations that have occurred in Arkansas just recently: the first is unbelievable–the state Pollution Control Agency granted a permit to a HUGE hog-farm operation that is very, very close to the beautiful Buffalo River! What WERE they thinking?? The other you may have seen on news or heard about it on NPR Morning Edition: an old Exxon pipeline carrying the tar/sand gunk from Canada broke and began spewing this stuff into the yards of homes in Mayflower, Arkansas, which is located near Conway, Arkansas and near a lake.
Judy Horne, Northwest Arkansas
Jim and I are both well aware of the situation so I didn’t learn anything new, but having it presented in a clear, cogent, and cohesive fashion was reinforcing. Of course we recycle, and I always buy the environmentally friendly cleaning products. but even if a person already does what s/he can, it is good to have one’s efforts reinforced. I put the link on my fb and sent the info to my block. Pat and Jim Ortman
I’m often asked “how is the Potomac doing?” This simple question doesn’t have a simple response. Communicating the nuances of the situation is never easy, which is one of the aspects I appreciate most in the POTOMAC: The River Runs Through Us. The filmmakers have taken a complicated issue and not only found a way to translate it for the layperson, but they’ve done so in a way that makes it feel important and relevant. I encourage everyone to see it! Matthew Logan, President Potomac Riverkeeper
POTOMAC: The River Runs Through Us” is a great way to reach as many people as possible on the issue of the health of the Potomac River. The film was superbly done, easy to watch, but never backed down from talking about all the issues that need to be discussed. Ed Merrifield, President Emeritus, Potomac Riverkeeper
Cities are doing all kinds of recycling, including hazardous household waste and medicines. Even little Humboldt County in California is way in the lead; we just had a successful medicine collection day. The problem is getting the public educated that these services are available, either free or very inexpensively. Wide dispersal of this film, and more to come, is a great route for this kind of education.Susie Van Kirk, Humbolt Co. California