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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 7:41pm

"Bipartisan bickering and partisan agendas threaten to return us to those sad times when we were destroying our natural resources," said Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), who was first elected to the House in 1955 and is the longest-serving current member of Congress.

Dingell gave a rousing keynote speech at the Clean Water Act – 40 Years Later panel discussion, marking this year's 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Alexandra Cousteau, President of Blue Legacy International, moderated an expert panel discussion on the legacy of the Clean Water...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 7:33pm

Paddlers on the PotomacWaterkeepers from around the country joined over a hundred paddlers on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. to rally for clean water this past Saturday. Paddlers, including over 30 Waterkeeper organizations from Shenandoah Riverkeeper in Virginia to Klamath Riverkeeper in California, brought their...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 7:03pm

Undeterred by the hardships that they endured during last year’s Island to Island trip, Whit Overstreet, Communications Manager for Potomac Riverkeeper, and Joe Hage, Caretaker for the Sycamore Island Club, set off yet again on a paddling odyssey down the Potomac. The goal of this year’s Island to Island trip was to highlight the work and impact of Potomac Riverkeeper along the river, to promote recreational use of the great...

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 3:59pm

Day 09 - 14 miles til land ho!

Last night, Whit and Joe went to sleep utterly aware that they had their longest crossing to conquer in the morning – 14 miles! Smith Point Marina to Point Lookout State Park: this is the widest stretch on the Potomac, right at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. I guess it was a good omen that a pelican flew over them this morning.

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Friday, August 24, 2012 - 2:49pm

Incinerator foes protest
Fraction of attendees heard at waste-to-energy project hearing

By Pete McCarthy, News-Post Staff , August 23, 2012

Ed Merrifield, president of Potomac Riverkeeper, a group focused on stopping pollution and restoring clean water in the river, said allowing a water permit for this project will allow "a new polluter the right to create a new toxic mixing zone into the Potomac."

The permit being considered would allow up to 400,000 gallons of water a day to be dumped into the Potomac River.

(Note: Potomac...

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...

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