Port Tobacco River Conservancy
The Port Tobacco River Conservancy (PTRC) works with businesses, residents, local and state governments, and other conservation groups to restore and protect the river and streams in the watershed. The PTRC says they balance restoration and protection with economic-development concerns and the value of its river and watershed to both the local and state economies.
The PTRC, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, began in 2001 after a small group of county citizens – who were concerned about sewage overflows from the La Plata Waste Water Treatment Plant into the Port Tobacco River watershed – decided to join forces. But that catalyst soon grew into a broader focus: returning the river and watershed to healthier conditions for both native species and the next generation.