Troubled Tributary: Maryland’s Patuxent River

The Patuxent River is the longest river in Maryland and a crucial tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Despite the central role the river has played in the history of the Bay’s environmental movement and abundant conservation resources funneled to it over the years, the Patuxent remains a polluted river. In this 2022 film by American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking that premiered on Maryland Public TV’s Chesapeake Bay Week, Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman claims minority communities are disproportionately affected by poor water quality, and describes how environmental injustice exists along its banks.