chemical pollution

New Study: Intersex Fish Linked to Endocrine Disruptors

Thanks to the work of Vicki Blazer and other US Geological Survey collaborators, we are beginning to get a clearer picture of what may cause fish health decline and intersex in the Shenandoah River system.

Study: Virginia’s waterways among most polluted in U.S.

Virginia was listed as the second-worst state for toxic chemicals dumped into its waterways, according to research released today by Environment Virginia, a statewide environmental advocacy group.

Regressing to Worst Available Technologies: Proposed Facility Seeks to Use Mixing Zone

Many advances have been made in the technologies available for treating wastewater, but many outdated practices continue to be employed by polluters. One of those obsolete discharge methods is the toxic mixing zone, which means the river itself is used to dilute waste in concentrations not normally allowed.

Pure Potomac River Round-Up: Happy Labor Day! Celebrate and protect our river!

Cheers to Labor DayMany of us are sticking around the DC area this weekend, some cleaning up from Irene, others of us frantically trying to figure out exactly where to shop for a heavy-duty-poly-portfolioed-non-brad-double-horizontal-pocketed folder, and some just enjoying the decreased traffic flow for a few more days unti

Fracking Banned in George Washington National Forest

Fracking WellThis just in from our friends at the Shenandoah Valley Netowrk: horizontal drilling and fracking has been prohibited in the George Washington National Forest, which houses the entire headwater network of streams supplying the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, and a major portion of the headwaters of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. 

Here's What Riverkeepers Do

If you're new to this site, you may be wondering: "so just what do Riverkeepers do?" There are many answers, but one answer we like giving is: "we stop polluters." In the video below, you'll get a good idea how that's done. Watch as Brent takes you past the pollution-laden entrance of the D&L coal site in Luke, MD, proving once and for all that the site contributes to pollution in the North Branch of the Potomac River.

Meet Dr. Vicki Blazer, our 2011 Protector of the Potomac

Vicki Blazer, Protector of the PotomacTickets are selling fast for our 9th Annual Potomac River Gala, which is fast approaching Sunday June 12th in Georgetown. We think a big part of the reason why is Dr.

Think you know Jeff Kelble?

Jeff Kelble, Shenandoah Riverkeeper"Cattle have destroyed these streams...I've walked a thousand miles of them. I can tell you they're virtually lifeless." --Jeff Kelble, Shenandoah Riverkeeper.

Ever wonder what could be on your food?

We sure do! That's why we're fans of What's On My Food?, a new program by the Pesticide Action Network. What’s On My Food? is a searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable. Click the tool below to figure out how many pesticide residues are on, say, your apples.

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