The Potomac River begins as a small spring at Fairfax Stone in West Virginia, marking the northern corner of a royal land grant to Lord Fairfax in the 17th century. From this trickle, through the mountains of West Virginia and the valleys of the Appalachian Piedmont, beside the nation's capital city, the Potomac River widens to the great historic waterway, fully ten miles from shore to shore at its mouth. Almost 400 miles long, the Potomac River passes throughthe ancient settlements and hunting grounds of native people, land grants to royal colonies, homes of the Founding Fathers, battlefiends of the Civil War and more.
Dean Naujoks has over 20 years of environmental non-profit experience. He began his non-profit career in 1991 with the NC Wildlife Federation. After graduating from NC State University, with a self-created degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development, he was hired as the first Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, serving from 2001 to 2008. He became the first Riverkeeper on the Yadkin River with Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc. in 2008, also serving as Executive Director until 2014.
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