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Friday, August 24, 2012 - 9:39am

Day 08 - Surf’s up on the Potomac!

Winds were so bad today that Whit and Joe encountered 2ft waves on their paddle! No worries, Joe will just surf them.

Tomorrow, Whit and Joe will undertake their longest river crossing on the widest part of the Potomac River from Smith Point Marina to Point Lookout. A couple of nights ago, Joe confessed that he was a bit nervous about it. ...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 11:26am

Day 07 - Eagles, Osprey and Herons, oh my!

Wow, it’s already Day 7 of the Island to Island Journey with Whit and Joe and to say the least, these guys are tired. Their daily routine thus far is getting up by 4 in the morning (can you do that?), breaking down camp, dragging the kayaks to their launching point, re-packing their gear appropriately and setting off into the dawn light for a two-digit mileage paddle.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 12:00am

1. Answers sought for drop on Shenandoah's North Fork
WTOP,8/18/2012, 5:36pm  ET

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Officials are trying to figure out what caused water levels to drop twice in a four-day span this summer along the Shenandoah River's North Fork.

Read more.

2. MDE considers proposal by local dairy farmer to draw water from Antietam Creek for crops
By DAVE McMILLION...

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...

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