Updates

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 11:45am

Boyce, VA: Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble gives the “All Clear!” this spring as he continues to monitor the health of the fish in the Shenandoah River system with the help of hundreds of volunteer fishermen. But Kelble reminds us that we’re not out of the woods yet.

Scientists continue to unravel the mystery of the fish kills that occurred in the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River in 2004 and 2005. Since those kills, the population of highly prized smallmouth bass has recovered completely and fishing has returned to legendary status....

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 2:10pm

An example of fracking within a forestTake Action! Keep Fracking out of George Washington  National Forest!

Our National Forests were set aside to protect drinking water for American citizens and to provide a playground for us to hunt, fish, camp, hike, bike and to enjoy natural places.

In 2011, The US Forest Service rewrote the George...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:44am

Thanks to the work of Vicki Blazer and other US Geological Survey collaborators, we are beginning to get a clearer picture of what may cause fish health decline and intersex in the Shenandoah River system. Their most recent paper entitled “Chemical Contaminant in water and sediment near fish nesting sites in the Potomac River basin: Determining potential exposures to smallmouth bass” reveals that chemical contaminant exposure plays a key role in intersex development and possibly fish health...

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 10:19am

On March 15, 2013, Potomac Riverkeeper filed a Clean Water Act complaint in federal court in Maryland to stop ongoing sewage discharges from Deer Lodge Mobile Home Park (Park) located in Washington County, MD. This complaint was filed after six months of inaction by both the State of Maryland Department of the Environment and the mobile home park to remedy the pollution entering a local creek.

In August of 2012, Potomac Riverkeeper sent a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Sue Deer Lodge Mobile Home Park, which is owned and operated by Marcella M. Klinger, LLC. The Park has been discharging...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 9:56am
Anacostia Riverkeeper, Assateague Coastal Trust/Assateague Coastkeeper,
Audubon Naturalist Society, Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, Clean Water Action,
Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Environmental Integrity Project, Environment Maryland,
Gunpowder Riverkeeper, Food & Water Watch, League of Women Voters of Maryland,
Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Maryland League of Conservation Voters,
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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 1:00am

Shepherdstown, WV -- Potomac Riverkeeper has found that facilities in West Virginia that discharge pollution into the Potomac River often follow standards that are weaker than Maryland’s. This is significant because Maryland has jurisdiction over the Potomac River. In an attempt to require West Virginia discharge permits to be more protective of water quality, Potomac Riverkeeper is filing an administrative appeal of one such permit.

The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the wastewater treatment facility at the U.S. Department of the Interior...

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 3:47pm

Jeff with Smallmouth BassShenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble was recently featured on WYPR 88.1, The Environment in Focus. This is a weekly perspective on the issues and people changing Maryland's natural world. 

Jeff Kelble, a professional fishing guide on the Shenandoah River in Virginia, was forced to abruptly change...

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....

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