Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 3:43pm

Ed giving his speech aboard the Cherry BlossomThis past Sunday over 100 members and friends joined together to celebrate Ed Merrifield’s 10 years as President & Potomac Riverkeeper. Many close partners and friends, including Jennifer Chavez from Earthjustice and Mac Thornton, former...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 10:59am

Matt Logan with retiring Potomac Riverkeeper Ed MerrifieldThe Board of Directors of the Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc. is delighted to announce that Matthew Logan, former President of both the C &O Canal Trust and Potomac Conservancy, has been hired to replace Ed Merrifield as President and Potomac Riverkeeper. Ed Merrifield, who has...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 1:23pm

Am I the only person who enjoys looking at water?

Well, that’s a trick question because I already know that the answer is NO. You might be someone who cranes your neck when driving over a bridge just to see what the creek looks like underneath. Or someone who seeks water on your vacation. Or you would love to own (or do own) riverfront property. Right here at home, the Shenandoah River is our first choice when we look for a place to spend a summer day or to take our families camping or boating. 

Water sooths us. And it nourishes us, quite literally.

We are...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 3:50pm

Potomac Riverkeeper moves to stop sewage discharge, Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary Activities, The North Branch of the Potomac, Island to Island Wrap up, and much more!

Read the Newsletter here!

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.


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. ...

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