Organizations in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia create the community of the Choose Clean Water Coalition. More than 200 members strong, we are the committed advocate and one voice to restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its thousands of rivers and streams.
The Savage River and its tributaries serve as a vital source of water for thousands of residents. The river, which is located in Garrett County, is a headwater tributary for the Potomac and one of western Maryland’s most unique and valuable natural resources. Nestled in the forested, mountainous region of the state, the Savage River also boasts the only intact population of native brook trout in Maryland. To protect the Savage River and respond to threats like habitat destruction, over-consumption of water, loss of farms and forests, exotic invasive species, and proposed Marcellus Shale drilling, the Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA) was formed in 2006. Since then, SRWA has accomplished a great deal on behalf of the individuals, families, and local property owners who are dedicated to preserving and protecting the Savage River watershed. SRWA has a unique approach that SRWA takes to education and environmental stewardship through the arts. Read on to learn more about their unique partnership and efforts to protect a waterway and a native trout population in a creative and unusual way.
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