Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 12:00am

My name is Ed Merrifield, I am the Potomac Riverkeeper as well as President of Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc.  I am here representing our organization and its 3,000 members.  Our mission is to stop pollution and restore clean water in the watershed and that is the reason I am here today.

We will be submitting written comments and if anything I say here is confusing compared to the written comments, please respond to the written comments.  I say this because the last two days have been a little unusual for me. 

On Monday I attended a funeral for my father-in-law...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 12:35pm

Day 06 - Who’s That Chick?

Hello everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Shelley and I’m the Education & Outreach Coordinator for Potomac Riverkeeper. As some could imagine, it’s hard to paddle and write a blog. I’m surprised that Whit is pulling off all of the tweets without dropping his phone in the river! (@PotomacRiver). That’s why I’m here to be the voice on behalf of Whit and Joe from our DC...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 12:00am

Hagerstown, MD -- For years, residents of Walnut Point West Road have lived with foul smells and polluted well water. Today, their plight was finally recognized and action was taken to stop the ongoing sewage discharges from Deer Lodge Mobile Home Park. Potomac Riverkeeper filed a Notice of Intent to Sue Deer Lodge Mobile Home Park for violations of the Clean Water Act. If no action is taken within 60 days to resolve the pollution violation, Potomac Riverkeeper will file suit against the mobile home park for the ongoing discharge of sewage. The discharge contains fecal...

Monday, August 20, 2012 - 12:00am

Day 05 - Getting a Tideful

Remember when I said that Whit and Joe’s newly improved model to paddle with the tide was proving to be a big success? Well, it’s effective in theory, but when it’s not practiced that’s another story.

Whit and Joe missed the tide this morning and were left fighting the tide for the rest of the day. Like Whit told me, “It’s like being a hamster on a wheel.” Yikes. ...

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 12:00am

Day 04 - The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Monitoring Twitter, I noticed that Whit and Joe have been up since 5am. Today, they left Aquia Landing at 6:18am to be greeted by local anglers working the bank in the beautiful morning light. I hear that Whit and Joe have had many discussions during this trip about how precious our river is as a water source, not only for drinking water, but for a way of life for many people and for recreation. It’s hard to get over the sheer size of this river and I can’t even imagine the feeling they have paddling...

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 12:00am

Day 03: Off to Aquia Landing!

Packing the kayaks is not an easy task!

It’s not easy packing all of your living essentials into a crammed kayak. But Joe Hage gets it done! Whit and Joe left General Smallwood State Park this morning, but not before having a random meet of...

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 1:54pm

Day 02 - Learning From Last Year’s Mistakes

Rounding Sweden Point, Paddling up Mattawoman Creek

This morning Whit and Joe left Hard Bargain Farm at 8:10 in the morning and to their...

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:39am

Day 01: Island to Island Official Launch from Fletcher’s Cove!

Whit and Joe launch from Fletcher's Cove!

Let the countdown begin: 9 days until Whit and Joe reach St. Catherine’s Island in time for our post-...

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 10:50am

Day 00 – A Little Whitewater Splash at Little Falls

Whit Overstreet, Davey Hearn and Joe Hage after running Little Falls


Monday, August 6, 2012 - 4:19pm

by John Pekkanen, The Washingtonian, July 2012

Washington’s tap water, most of which comes from the Potomac River, meets or exceeds federal water-quality standards. But new pollutants have emerged that are not removed by current water-purification technology. Evidence suggests that the same contaminants that caused massive fish kills and deformities in recent years are linked to increases in obesity, diabetes, autism, cancer, and other disorders—and that medications and products we use every day might contribute to the problem.

Of all the natural...

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