The Shenandoah River, long fabled in song and story, has been used by man for more than 12,000 years as hunting grounds and home. Evidence of native settlements are still present in the form of fish dam structures, flint quarries and archaeological campsites dotted throughout the valley. These tribes were drawn to the abundance of fish, shellfish and wildlife offered by the valley. To today’s man, this river is considered the playground for canoers, fishermen and campers from the Washington, DC area. But underneath its thin veil of beauty lies a river with a deep and profound history of neglect and pollution that cannot even support its own native fish species.
Mark Frondorf joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network in 2015 as the Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Having guided on the Shenandoah and Potomac for almost twenty years, Mark Frondorf comes to the position used to hard work and recognizing the importance of a hands-on approach to protecting our rivers. For over 20 years, Mark acted as a fishing guide on the Potomac and Shenandoah, as well as several other Mid-Atlantic rivers. As President of the Potomac River Smallmouth Club, he successfully lobbied both Virginia and Maryland officials to implement and expand catch and release regulations and he was instrumental in getting the federal government to revise the Code of Federal Regulations to permit wade fishing on portions of the Potomac.
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