Updates

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 4:35pm

We are still interested in algae complaint letters from all river users and landowners along the Shenandoah North Fork, South Fork and Main Stem.  The algaes don't seem to be going away and I need your help doing something about it.

Background: Every year I hear endless citizen complaints about murky green Shenandoah River water, snot-grass or filamentous algae covering the bottom and smothering native grasses in the river, and floating algae clumps that smell.  I’m told the algae ruins people’s time, and diminishes their use and enjoyment of the river...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 1:10pm

Like many of you, we seek a future where the Potomac River is swimmable and our fish are healthy. Unfortunately, a bill introduced by Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Tim Holden (D-PA) would effectively block us from reaching that visionary future by rolling back protections made under the Clean Water Act for the Chesapeake Bay, and by extension, our precious Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 12:58pm

Congressman Goodlatte’s most recent bill, misleadingly named the "Chesapeake Bay Program Re-authorization and Improvement Act," is a failure of leadership.  Upon scrutiny, his bill is clearly intent on undermining the Chesapeake Bay Program not improving it. His bill attempts to remove federal oversight of Chesapeake Bay and local stream cleanup by dismantling bedrock principles of the Clean Water Act which a bi-partisan congress established 40 years ago and which has served as a worldwide model for water law. Federal oversight is a critical component of the law where...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:05am

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.

“The Shenandoah River serves to remind us what happens when industrial sites are allowed to pollute,” said Jeff Kelble, Shenandoah Riverkeeper, in a prepared statement. “Before we had the Clean Water Act in 1972, industries contaminated the river with mercury, PCB and other toxic chemicals. People are still unable to eat fish on over 100 miles of the Shenandoah because...

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 12:02pm

Chesapeake WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE programs react strongly to Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) use of the Chesapeake Bay (CB) Model in a widespread, proposed reclassification of 139 water segments in 49 watersheds currently on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 303(d) Impaired Waterways List.

On March 16, 2012, Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER®, Potomac RIVERKEEPER® and ten other Chesapeake Waterkeepers in Maryland and D.C. reacted strongly to MDE’s proposal in the 2012 Integrated Report (IR...

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 4:15pm

World Water DayThis year marks the 10th anniversary of World Water Day, an international day dedicated to the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of water resources. Around the world, people will celebrate the 2012 theme of “Water and Food Security.”  While globally focused, it is...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 2:36pm

Potomac Riverkeeper Seeks to Reverse the Board's Decision

Berkeley County, WV - Potomac Riverkeeper filed an appeal today of the Environmental Quality Board's approval of West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) controversial issuance of a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed North Mountain Shale quarry in Gerrardstown. Potomac Riverkeeper is concerned that the permit will allow the quarry to discharge sediment-laden water into Mill Creek, a listed trout stream. The Permit affirmed by the Board violates the Clean Water Act because DEP did...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 3:57pm

Berkeley County, WV –A coalition of organizations representing environmental, historical and community interests filed an appeal today in Berkeley County Circuit Court challenging a permit to allow quarrying on North Mountain, the visual backdrop of historic Gerrardstown and a crucial source of water for Mill Creek. After carefully reviewing the Surface Mine Board’s final ruling on North Mountain Shale’s quarry permit, Potomac Riverkeeper, along with Washington Heritage Trail, Inc. and Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church, filed the appeal because of two key...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 6:15pm

Halltown, WV – On Monday, Shenandoah Riverkeeper and Potomac Riverkeeper officially settled their Federal Clean Water Act lawsuit with Ox Paperboard. Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble states, "We are pleased with the settlement. Ox Paperboard provides a green service to the community and the company’s leaders rescued a failing business several years ago and saved local jobs. Yet, before the settlement there remained an ongoing issue with toxic discharges to Flowing Springs Run which had continued in violation of the law for far too long."

In the settlement, Ox...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 10:53am

To kick off the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Potomac Riverkeeper Ed Merrifield talks about the importance of and the recent threats to the historic act.

In the early 1970s, when it became clear that the individual states were not going to do anything about their rivers catching on fire, about fisheries disappearing, about green slime forming on rivers and...

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