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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

During...

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...

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 12:00am

Boyce, VA – Thursday, July 26, Shenandoah Riverkeeper releases a smartphone app for IPhone and Android users designed to show people where to access the Shendandoah River and tributaries for swimming, fishing and boating. The App is free and is meant as a gift to the Shenandoah Valley Community from Award Winning Non-Profit Shenandoah Riverkeeper for nearly seven years of support.

For those with compatible...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 11:07am

Gerrardstown, WV – On Monday, July 9th, Potomac Riverkeeper appealed the unlawful modification of a discharge permit for a proposed quarry to be operated by North Mountain Shale in Gerrardstown, West Virginia. Last month, the Department of Environmental Protection approved a modified permit that would allow the use of chemical flocculants in stormwater settling ponds without informing the public and allowing an opportunity for comment as required by law. The modified permit also does not include monitoring requirements previously agreed upon by Potomac Riverkeeper...

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