Updates

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 2:40pm

12:00 p.m. EDT, June 18, 2012

Bill Satterfield, in his June 11 letter to the editor ("Urban waste, not chicken manure, is the bay's biggest threat") was right when he said "everyone has a role in protecting the Chesapeake Bay." What he forgot is that "everyone" includes both the agricultural and urban sectors.

Instead of shifting blame from one polluter to the next, we should focus on addressing all the major contributors of pollution. Instead of focusing on which kid on the block is polluting more, we should focus on the glaring similarity...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 10:45am

UPDATE:
The big vote is TODAY at 12:30 pm EDT. Please act now!!

On Thursday, June 21, Waterkeepers from around the U.S. are working together to promote access to clean, fishable waters globally and to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act that provides safeguards to U.S. drinking water.

We need your help TODAY. Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) is once again trying to dismantle the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) announced on Dec. 21, 2011. There could be a vote on Wednesday on his bill to stop MATS. MATS...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 9:30am

We need your help to protect healthy forests and drinking water in Virginia and West Virginia by keeping a proposed ban on natural gas fracking on the George Washington National Forest.Fracking

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 9:04am

Dear Friends,

I’m writing today to give you the news that in his tenth year as Potomac Riverkeeper and head of our organization, Ed Merrifield is announcing he’ll be retiring at the end of the year. Under Ed’s tenure, Potomac Riverkeeper has become a leading organization in the enforcement of clean water laws and the restoration of our rivers and streams. Whether it’s removing lead from Great Seneca Creek, reducing discharges from wastewater...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 9:00am

Dear Friends,

I want to let you know that I will be retiring at the end of this year. For the past ten years, this full-time job has been all-the-time work and I am now ready to slow my pace and enjoy this magnificent river we’ve been protecting.

I have had the privilege of working with incredible people, including our members, who understand the importance of healthy rivers and streams and are dedicated to making a real difference. For this I am truly grateful.

Leaving an organization where I once was a staff of one is not easy, but thanks to a great board of...

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 9:39am

The Potomac River: #1 Most Endangered River, DC's Stormwater Permits, Shenandoah Valley's Waste Water Treatment Plants, and Many Summer Activities!

Read the Newsletter here!

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:00am

Requires pollution reduction for Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek

Washington, D.C. – Clean water advocates reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a clean water permit for Washington, D.C. that will require the city to develop a plan for reducing its discharges of polluted stormwater to clean up local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

This agreement resolves a legal challenge to the permit filed in November by public interest law firm Earthjustice (representing Anacostia Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, and Friends of...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 12:00am

Proposed rules would lead to excessive farm-related pollution and hurt state’s efforts to clean up the Chesapeake and other waterways

SHADY SIDE, MD – WATERKEEPERS Chesapeake, a coalition of 18 waterway-protection groups, is calling on the state of Maryland to strengthen nutrient-management regulations currently under consideration and make sure that the new rules are based on sound science and enforceable best-management practices.

The proposed regulations will establish rules that farmers must follow in applying manure to fields, a critical issue in...

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

Our friends at American Rivers have put the Potomac at the top of America’s Most Endangered Rivers list.  With this year being the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, it is a good time to review some of the many pollution problems our river faces.

Thanks to the Clean Water Act, you no longer see and smell most of the problems in the river, and no president is currently calling the Potomac a “national disgrace,”...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 5:59pm

By Megan Buerger, The Washington Post, May 2, 2012

If the Potomac River has gotten more attention than the Anacostia in the past 50 years, it’s partly because the Potomac supplies 90 percent of the region’s drinking water. That amounts to an average of 486 million gallons a day, according to the Potomac Conservancy. The Potomac watershed, which includes 14,670 miles of land that drains to the river, covers parts of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District, Maryland and Virginia. In the 1950s, reports of stench and dangerous levels of pollution clouded the Potomac’...

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