• Join Us at Our Rally in Annapolis to Oppose Potomac Fracked Gas Pipeline Threatening the Drinking Water for Millions

    Join us the evening of February 15 with concerned citizens of Maryland, Washington, DC, West Virginia and Virginia as we raise our voices in a rally on Lawyer’s Mall (in front of the State House), and then march to encircle the Governor’s Mansion! We will rally at Lawyer’s Mall and then march to the Mansion where we […]

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  • RiverPalooza's Women on the Water honors the special role women have with clean water.

    Women on the Water Paddle Day

    WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 2018 Title: Women on the Water River: Potomac River Trip Description: Join Potomac Riverkeeper Network for this special RiverPalooza 2018 Women on the Water (WOW) Paddle Day to help us stand up for clean water! Women have always played a critical role as stewards of our water resources: the Waitaha people […]

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  • Why Won’t Dominion Disclose Groundwater Monitoring Data?

    I’ve written previously about the report released Friday, March 2, by Dominion Energy confirming groundwater contamination at its coal burning facility in Possum Point, VA here.  The report proves extensive ground water pollution has been detected at all of its monitoring wells and also proves contamination is leaking out of Pond D toward the Potomac […]

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  • Dominion Disclosures about Groundwater Contamination at Possum Point due March 2

    Under a 2015 Environmental Protection Agency regulation, utility companies must now publicly disclose ground water monitoring data and publish the results online by March 2.  Dominion Energy has yet to post the results of its analysis for Possum Point, or indeed any of the four sites in operates in Virginia. These first-ever groundwater monitoring reports […]

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  • Dominion and Utilities Confirm that Coal Ash Contaminated Groundwater

    Washington, DC – March 1 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) says that recent disclosures made by utility companies confirm longstanding groundwater contamination at coal ash sites located across the US due to inadequate storage of coal ash in unlined, leaking waste ponds.   “Coal ash ponds do not have modern protective liners and as a result […]

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  • Statement on State Water Control Board Decision to Delay Effectiveness of Certification of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    4-3 Decision Recognizes Risk to Virginia’s Drinking Water Quality, Fish and Wildlife Habitats, and Recreation Washington, DC – December 12 – We are relieved that the decision of Virginia’s State Water Control Board (SWCB) to require additional information about erosion and sediment control and stormwater management before its approval of the Clean Water Act Water […]

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  • Potomac Riverkeeper Network Urges State Water Control Board to Deny Clean Water Certification of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    Protect Virginia’s Water Quality, Fish and Wildlife Habitats, Drinking Water, and Recreation Washington, DC – December 8 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) calls for Virginia’s State Water Control Board (SWCB) to deny Water Quality Certification for the construction and operation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) because of the clear danger posed by the project […]

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  • Firefighting Chemicals Threaten Martinsburg Water Supply and Opequon Creek

    Nearly six million people rely on public water supplies within the Potomac River Watershed to provide them with clean drinking water. Forty years after the passage of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, we rightly expect our water to be safe and healthy for ourselves and our children. Unfortunately, events have come […]

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  • Fighting to Stop Toxic Wastewater Pollution from Coal Power Plants

    In the latest example of federal environmental rollbacks affecting the Potomac River, the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) blindly followed EPA’s lead and failed to set strict limits on arsenic, mercury, lead and other toxic metals discharged from the Morgantown and Dickerson coal-fired power plants into the Potomac in their most recent Clean Water Act […]

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  • Toxic Wastewater Discharges from Coal Power Plants

    EPA’s 2015 “Effluent Limitation Guideline” Rule was developed to deal with the discharge of toxic metals and other pollutants removed from coal plants’ air emissions in response to more protective air pollution standards issued over a decade ago. The same metals that were being “scrubbed” from coal plant smokestacks were being dumped with minimal treatment […]

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