Conservation Alerts

Fletcher's Boathouse river access at risk

Updated 12/15/14: The National Park Service (NPS), Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, is hosting a public meeting regarding Fletchers Cove river access, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the NPS National Capital Region Headquarters located at 1100 Ohio Drive, SW, Washington, DC, 20242. The meeting will address both interim and long term proposals. Club leadership will be represented; members are urged to attend.

In October 2014 an official with the National Park Service declared the walkway to the Fletcher’s Cove boat dock unsafe for public use, effectively cutting off access to the Potomac river from publicly available row boats, canoes and kayaks. The walkway, which once floated at the lowest tide, is now grounded and compromised by siltation. Unless immediate action is taken, there is a strong possibility the dock will stay closed next spring. The continued operations of the Fletcher’s Cove concession as we now know it may be at risk. To ensure continued access to the dock in the spring of 2015, ACTION MUST BE TAKEN NOW. Please click on this link for instructions on how to express your concerns and spur action.

Act today to help fight algae in the Shenandoah!

A personal appeal from Jeff Kelble, President and Shenandoah Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper Inc.:
Are you tired of the algae in the Shenandoah River? I know I am, and I need your help doing something about it. On August 5th, 2014 Shenandoah Riverkeeper initiated a legal challenge (litigation) against the United States Environmental Protection Agency to compel them to do something about our algae problems.

Click here to download a sample letter and instructions for getting your voice heard in support of this important effort. Read the press release, then follow links to the right of the release.

Click here to view e-mail from Jeff and forward link to your friends and family.

2014 State of the Nation's River Report: River Friendly Growth

Potomac Conservancy's 2014 State of the Nation's River report calls for urgent action to preserve local water quality in the face of rapid urbanization. The report takes a close look at emerging threats to the Potomac and offers common sense solutions for clean water. Download the report. 

New USGS Research

Fsh exposed to estrogenic endocrine-disrupting chemicals may have increased susceptibility to infectious disease. Read the Technical Announcement...

Jeff Kelble named president of Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc.

Read the news release...


Fishing Contest

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2014 Results

Section 1, Biggest Fish: George Moran, 20.5"
Section 1, Best 5 Fish: Dave Lockard - 84"
Section 2, Biggest Fish: Bill Pearl - 19"
Section 2, Best 5 Fish: Bill Pearl - 84.5"
Section 3, Biggest Fish: Wayne Tate - 20"
Section 3, Best 5 Fish: Bill Pearl - 84"
Largest on Fly: Wayne Tate - 20"
Best 5 fish on Fly: Randy Chandler - 75"
Largest by New Member: John Aucella - 19"
William Shriver Award: Bill Pearl - 176.5"
Grover Cleveland Award: George Moran - 20.5"

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Next Meeting

When: 1/28/2015 @ 7:30 PM
Program: Mark Burks
Location: Vienna Fire Station, 400 Center St. South, Vienna, VA
Doors open at 7:00

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Now in our 26th year!

Founded in 1988 and now in its 26th year, the Potomac River Smallmouth Club (PRSC) is the Washington D.C. area's leading river fishing and conservation organization. We promote catch and release angling for smallmouth bass, support conservation organizations and agencies, publish a monthly newsletter, present monthly programs with guest speakers, and organize river trips for our members.  ...more

Membership Night wraps up the year

No meeting in December

Membership Night 2014 is in the books. If you missed it, please take a moment to complete and print the fillable membership form and mail it to the PO Box indicated on the form to make sure you begin 2014 with your membership current. In addition to the usual raffle and dinner, winners of the 2014 fishing contest were announced. Remember that there's no meeting in December!

January speaker will be Mark Burks

January 28th

Mark Burks, columnist for the Purcellville Gazette, will help us kick off the year with a discussion of rod building trends and other topics. Details to follow.