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Potomac & Shenandoah Riverkeeper 2014-2016 Strategic Plan

Our mission is to protect the public's right to clean water in our rivers and streams. We stop pollution to promote safe drinking water, protect healthy river habitats, and enhance public use and enjoyment.

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Press Release: Local and National Groups Defend Clean Water Act against Agricultural Pollution

Chicken manure threatens Potomac River in West Virginia case; Groups file legal brief to protect public health and environment

(Wheeling, WV) – A coalition of local and national public interest organizations yesterday filed a brief in federal court supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s long-held authority under the Clean Water Act to regulate waste from commercial animal farms and seeking to confirm that a large West Virginia poultry operation should comply with all applicable regulations.

A Long Road to Clean Up Coal Ash Pollution

In 2008, Potomac Riverkeeper filed a notice of intent to sue Mirant’s Faulkner coal fly ash disposal facility near Morgantown, in Charles County, Maryland. The disposal site, now owned by NRG Energy, was leaching toxic pollution into the Zekiah Swamp. Fly ash from coal-fired power plants contains heavy metals, high levels of sulfates, hydrocarbons, radionuclides, and other pollution toxic to both humans and the environment.

Press Release: Notice of Intent to Sue Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District

Martinsburg, WV. On May 6th, 2013, Potomac Riverkeeper sent a 60 day Notice of Intent to file a Clean Water Act lawsuit to the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District for discharge violations from three of its facilities. The three waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) have had discharge violations of fecal coliform, ammonia, total suspended solids and biological oxygen demand (BOD) for several years.

Press Release: Potomac Riverkeeper Files Suit Against Deer Lodge Mobile Home Park for Polluting Local Creek

On March 15, 2013, Potomac Riverkeeper filed a Clean Water Act complaint in federal court in Maryland to stop ongoing sewage discharges from Deer Lodge Mobile Home Park (Park) located in Washington County, MD. This complaint was filed after six months of inaction by both the State of Maryland Department of the Environment and the mobile home park to remedy the pollution entering a local creek.

Press Release: Potomac Riverkeeper Seeks to Improve Water Quality Protections in West Virginia

Shepherdstown, WV -- Potomac Riverkeeper has found that facilities in West Virginia that discharge pollution into the Potomac River often follow standards that are weaker than Maryland’s. This is significant because Maryland has jurisdiction over the Potomac River. In an attempt to require West Virginia discharge permits to be more protective of water quality, Potomac Riverkeeper is filing an administrative appeal of one such permit.

Press Release: Groups File Notice Letter to Sue NRG Energy for Massive Pollution

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 28, 2013

Groups File Notice Letter to Sue NRG Energy for Massive Pollution

Documents Show NRG has at Least 2353 Permit Violations for Nutrient Pollution

Press Release: Clean Water Victory Opens Courtroom Doors in Maryland after Four-Year Battle Citizens demand full enforcement of Clean Water Act

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled earlier this week that a coalition of local and national river advocacy groups have standing to challenge a major stormwater pollution permit in court.

At issue is a state-issued pollution discharge permit for Montgomery County’s 499-square mile stormwater system. Clean water groups contend the permit allows ongoing harm to water quality and human health due to excessive discharges of pollutants and trash into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers watersheds.

Press Release: Groups Stand Up for Clean Water Act in West Virginia Factory Farm Suit

Wheeling, WV – December 7, 2012 – A coalition of local and national public interest organizations have asked a federal court for permission to participate in a legal action that will decide when Clean Water Act restrictions apply to the release of pollutants in animal manure into local waterways used for recreation, drinking and to support nearby communities.

River Watch Newsletter, September 2012

Potomac Riverkeeper moves to stop sewage discharge, Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary Activities, The North Branch of the Potomac, Island to Island Wrap up, and much more!

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