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Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 1:17pm

On May 5th, 2011, I took flight from the Cumberland Regional Airport to do an activity assessment of the permitted Marcellus Shale Gas wells in the Potomac River Basin of West Virginia. There were eight sites total to observe, but due to weather conditions and time, only 6 sites were located and observed.

My pilot, John Lawton from Ohio, flew a modified Cessna 172E. The flight took approximately 2 hours and covered 219 miles. The flight was arranged with the organization Light Hawk.

The mission was successful in...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:55am

Cows in the riverOur Green Farms, Clean Rivers Program had a major development this week, with Agricultural Project Manager Alan Lehman reporting that he has surveyed his 1,000th farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Alan has surveyed roughly one out of every eight farms in the Valley, and is a leading...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 11:51am

Jeff at the fish recoveryVolunteers, boy do we have one for you! Ben Hynes is organizing a recovery effort to save fish that have entered the C&O Canal due to the recent high water event. A similar event happened last spring and recovery efforts saved thousands of fish. Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 9:19am

Quarries destory communities, rivers, and drinking waterOn June 3, The Last Mountain will debut in Washington, DC's E-Street Cinema. The film...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 5:39pm

Fracking WellThis just in from our friends at the Shenandoah Valley Netowrk: horizontal drilling and fracking has been prohibited in the George Washington National Forest, which houses the entire headwater network of streams supplying the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, and a major portion of the headwaters of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. 

The...

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 1:12pm

Wendy & Steve Hudock, Volunteers of the YearLast week, we blogged about "the rumble in West Virginia" (or, what happened after the state approved a mine permit despite a massive--and unprecedented--public outcry). Today, we're...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 3:21pm

Waterkeepers ChesapeakeThis Thursday, May 19th, several of our fellow Waterkeepers from the Chesapeake Bay region will protest the Bay's failing health at the City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland. The Riverkeepers will form a flotilla and paddle to the dock,...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 8:45am

Today, agency to host webinar to show how to use the public health data. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced improvements to the availability and usability of drinking water data in the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool. ECHO now allows the public to search to see whether drinking water in their community met the standards required under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which is designed to safeguard the nation’s drinking water and protect people’s health. SDWA requires states to report drinking water information periodically to...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 12:00am

Maryland Forces Groups to Challenge Montgomery County
Permit a Second Time

The State of Maryland will not require stronger stormwater controls in Montgomery County, and has ignored calls to do so for a year. Today, a group of residents and clean water organizations are challenging the state—for the second time—to adopt tougher measures for pollution violations.

Potomac Riverkeeper, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance, Friends of the Earth, and two individuals, represented by the law firm Earthjustice, filed the challenge. The group asked a court to...

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 10:15am

Weekend Plans? How about a few Drinks?Happy Friday everyone! Are you ready to for the weekend? If you're still looking for things to do, we recommend checking out the National Harbor Food & Wine Festival. Food and wine pairings, artisanal and organic products, and boutique wines will be in...

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