Updates

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 9:59am

Many of our members who enjoy Virginia rivers have been following the trespass case on the Jackson River. We certainly have been. The court’s ruling hasn’t exactly clarified the situation. The judge ruled cautiously by stating that the fishermen (defendants) have less of a claim to the river bottom than the landowner (plaintiff). The full meaning of the ruling is still the subject of considerable debate. But you can be assured that we are developing strategies...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 11:52am

This past January Potomac Riverkeeper received the Stream Partners Grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). This grant focuses on projects that enhance community connections to rivers and work toward improving the quality of life around streams and watersheds. The objectives of the grant dovetail well into Potomac Riverkeeper’s intent to clean up the Potomac watershed for the public’s use and enjoyment. We fight pollution every day whether it is violations of discharge permits, faulty construction practices or excessive nutrients from farms....

Monday, January 28, 2013 - 2:42pm

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 28, 2013

Groups File Notice Letter to Sue NRG Energy for Massive Pollution

Documents Show NRG has at Least 2353 Permit Violations for Nutrient Pollution

Washington D.C. – Today Food & Water Watch, Patuxent Riverkeeper and Potomac Riverkeeper – represented by Public Justice and Columbia University School of Law Environmental Law Clinic – announced the filing of a Clean Water Act notice of intent to sue the energy company NRG Energy, Inc....

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:55pm

It is great to be back on the Potomac!  

Of course, I didn’t have far to go.  I’ve spent the past six years as founder and president of the C&O Canal Trust, though some of you may know me from my eight years prior to that as president of Potomac Conservancy.   And if you are deep into Potomac trivia, you may even recall I helped found Potomac Riverkeeper back in 2000.

I am particularly excited about the tools Potomac Riverkeeper has at its disposal to prevent and stop pollution.  Stepping away from river conservation work for the past...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 3:48pm

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled earlier this week that a coalition of local and national river advocacy groups have standing to challenge a major stormwater pollution permit in court.

At issue is a state-issued pollution discharge permit for Montgomery County’s 499-square mile stormwater system. Clean water groups contend the permit allows ongoing harm to water quality and human health due to excessive discharges of pollutants and trash into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers watersheds.

Maryland’s Department of Environment found that, to...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 4:40pm

Ed Merrifield © The Washington PostSome keepers are scientists who contract with government agencies to study water, often under a baking sun. For nearly all of them, an investigation starts...

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 9:56am

Help make the river cleaner for the children!New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection, a time in which one looks back on the past year as well as forward to the coming year. Many of us will use this time to reflect on the changes we wish to see in ourselves and in society and many will resolve to make these...

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 9:51am

You can help save the fish!Did you know that access to clean drinking water is an inherent human right? Did you also know that every day there are pollution violations throughout the Potomac and Shenandoah watersheds that put this right in danger? Whether it is from an industrial corporation, an agricultural operation, or a construction site, these sources of pollution...

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 9:44am

Help Jeff keep algae out of the river!Today we celebrate the winter solstice – the shortest and darkest day of the calendar year. And while we have seen a lot of bright days in the Shenandoah this year filled with swimming, fishing, and boating; we have also seen many dark ones. Days depicted by excessive algae blooms from...

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 3:40pm

Help us reach our goal!It is more than likely that you live downstream from a polluter. Whether it is an industrial factory, a construction site, or an agricultural farm, these polluters contribute to the chemical and nutrient contaminants affecting your public drinking waters. ...

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