As a sailor on the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac for over 25 years, Ed sought ways to make a real difference and find new approaches to protecting the health of our rivers and streams. This led Ed to come out of retirement to work full-time on water quality and other environmental issues for the Sierra Club and then to become the Potomac Riverkeeper in 2003. As a forceful and effective leader at the grassroots, regional and state levels, he has advanced environmental policy and enforcement of clean water laws. Ed is an expert on Clean Water Act enforcement, especially the Total Maximum Daily Load and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit issues. He has served on the Maryland State Water Quality Advisory Committee and the Maryland Tributary Team since 1997. Before dedicating himself full-time to environmental issues, Ed maintained a successful Chiropractic practice for twenty years.
In 2008, Ed was named one of the most influential environmentalists by the Washingtonian magazine.
Ed provided background and hosted the film crew for Hedrick Smith's 2009 Frontline documentary, Poisoned Waters.
Ed is featured in Blue Legacy International's 2010 film: Our Nation's River a System on the Edge.
The Washington Post featured Ed in this article: Guardian of the Potomac
Ed was featured in Waterkeeper Alliance's 30-second PSA! Check it out!