August 17: Hard Bargain Farm to General Smallwood State Park

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 12:54pm

Day 02 - Learning From Last Year’s Mistakes

Rounding Sweden Point, Paddling up Mattawoman Creek

This morning Whit and Joe left Hard Bargain Farm at 8:10 in the morning and to their surprise, they ended up paddling way ahead of schedule. Learning from last year and their great struggles against the tide, their new model to paddle with the tide is proving itself to be much more effective. Regardless, they both still had their second day paddling “pains” and Joe is remembering “river time,” things take much, much longer than anticipated. Luckily, there isn’t a lot of traffic on the river.

Despite being incredibly sore and still working out their paddling arms, they made it to the dock of General Smallwood State Park (near Mattawoman Creek) by 1:16pm and started setting up camp after a hardy lunch.

Potomac Riverkeeper routinely reviews the performance of facilities that hold state permits to discharge specific concentrations of pollutants into the Potomac River and its tributaries. In 2007, we flagged the Mattawoman Waste Water Treatment Plant as one of 41 key polluters of the Potomac, discharging more nutrients than its permit allowed, and called on them to limit their discharge and be in compliance with their permit allowances. We rely on the Potomac for our drinking water and this is one example of how Potomac Riverkeeper is protecting it. To learn more about cases we have worked on, please visit our website.

Forecast predicts rain tonight. Let’s hope they don’t have a soggy night.

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