Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 9:23am




John M. Kennedy
DEQ Office of Water Monitoring and Assessment
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1105

RE: Draft 2014 305(b)/303(d) Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report


Dear Mr. Kennedy,

I am writing to request that Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality add the North Fork, South Fork and Main Stem of the Shenandoah as impaired waters on thee 2014  305(b)3/303(d) Water Quality Assessment Integrated...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 2:48pm


Are you tired of the algae in the Shenandoah River? I know I am, and I need your help doing something about it. On August 5th, 2014 Shenandoah Riverkeeper initiated a legal challenge (litigation) against the United States Environmental Protection Agency to compel them to do something about our algae problems.



Background: Every year I hear endless citizen complaints about murky green Shenandoah River water, snot-grass or slimy algae covering the bottom of the river, floating algae clumps that smell,...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:22am

Brendan Young, Algae Research Specialist for Shenandoah Riverkeeper writes to share his insight on the excessive threat of algae affecting the Shenandoah River, and his research analysis on the various types of algal blooms and the toxins they produce. Click the attachments below to read our full scientific reports.


Algae – We all know that it is a natural part of the ecosystem that manifests itself in our waterways. We’ve seen the large hairy strands, bubbly mats, and the greenish hue it turns our rivers, lakes, and other mass...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 5:34pm


Shenandoah Riverkeeper Files Notice of Intent to Sue EPA

for Failure to Address Algae in Shenandoah River

WASHINGTON, DC – Public outcry arose last week over a water ban in Toledo, Ohio due to toxic algae blooms. But the threat from nuisance or toxic algae is not confined to the Midwest. Shenandoah Riverkeeper has worked for four years to push the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to officially recognize severe annual algae blooms...

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 9:53am

Our first year participating in #SwimmableWater Weekend was a success! We would like to thank everyone who participated in this social media awareness campaign. Here at Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc. we support drinkable, swimmable, and fishable water for all of DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. We are always humbled to see the memories our work helps to create for folks who adore the water as much as we do! Check out the submissions below:


Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:26pm



July 11, 2014

Jeff Kelble Named President of Potomac Riverkeeper Inc.

Washington, DC –We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc. has unanimously selected Jeff Kelble as our new President, effective July 14, 2014. Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc. is a non-profit conservation organization based in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to stopping pollution and restoring clean...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:27am

Check out some our most recent press coverage in 2014 featuring Shenandoah Riverkeeper! Click the PDF link below to view.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 9:29am

Potomac & Shenandoah Riverkeeper is honored to announce its selection for the 2014/15 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region’s best community-based charities. This award reflects our status as a highly effective local charity, working to protect the public’s right to clean water in our rivers and streams. 2014 marks the 12th anniversary of the Catalogue for Philanthropy, which has, since 2003, connected caring citizens with...

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 2:35pm

We are proud to have been honored with the 2013 Technological Innovation Award for our Water Reporter App, and our excited to participate in this year's judging panel. Download the app today to get involved in your water! Report pollution or send us your good time. Don't have an iPhone? Report pollution directly online, here....

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 1:44pm
Heavy rain and flooding hit the DC area hard twice in the past month—first, at the tail end of April, and again, just before Potomac Riverkeeper’s spring benefit. Moving our benefit venue from the Potomac Boat Club so that its boats could safely be stored above the flood waters was a minor annoyance compared to what the floods meant for the Potomac, however.
Every year, over 600 million gallons of water mixed with raw sewage pour into the Potomac from DC’s 100-year old combined-sewage overflow (CSO) system.  DC Water, under orders from...
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