Updates

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...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 5:14pm

If you're new to this site, you may be wondering: "so just what do Riverkeepers do?" There are many answers, but one answer we like giving is: "we stop polluters." In the video below, you'll get a good idea how that's done. Watch as Brent takes you past the pollution-laden entrance of the D&L coal site in Luke, MD, proving once and for all that the site contributes to pollution in the North Branch of the Potomac River.

Afterward, Brent explains the volleying that sometimes goes on between various state agencies over who is responsible for cleaning...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 12:42pm

Vicki Blazer, Protector of the PotomacTickets are selling fast for our 9th Annual Potomac River Gala, which is fast approaching Sunday June 12th in Georgetown. We think a big part of the reason why is Dr. Vicki Blazer, the USGS Fishery Biologist who (accidentally) blew the lid off of the intersex fish phenomenon in...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 11:14am

A Quarry SiteDid you hear about the rumble in West Virginia this fall? It happened after North Mountain Shale, LLC asked West Virginia to mine a quarry in a sleepy, historic town. Hundreds of local residents squeezed into a packed meeting hall until they were turned away, only to return as soon as a second meeting could be organized. The people in came together to...

Monday, May 9, 2011 - 12:00am

Controversial Faulkner Coal Ash Dump Closure Announcement Expected Today

Mirant Reportedly Plans to Announce Closure at Charles County Planning Board Meeting; Long Critical of Site, Environmental Integrity Project and Potomac Riverkeeper Waiting for Details of Mirant Clean-up Plan.

Environmental groups are eagerly awaiting details of Mirant’s plans to clean up a coal ash dump near LaPlata in Charles County that is the focus of an ongoing state enforcement action over illegal discharges of toxic pollutants into Zekiah Swamp, a key part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed....

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 6:10pm

Pollution MapA new report card was released for the Chesapeake Bay this week. It was scored 42% on overall health which, despite being abysmal, is graded C-. WAMU's Eric Skalac wrote about the report card and interviewed Ed.

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