Solve pollution problems through voluntary action on the part of the polluter or government

How It Works

  1. EDUCATION: Riverkeepers and outreach staff engage communities that depend on and live near the Potomac and Shenandoah through educational presentations and development of close relationships.
  2. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: Our Riverkeepers work with key community members to improve land use practices.
  3. GRASSROOTS CITIZEN ACTION: We call upon citizens to submit public comments and citizen complaints, and connect communities with their local waterways under our River Access & Recreation Program.
  4. BEHAVIORAL REFORM: Our Riverkeepers work with polluters/government agencies to improve practices or regulations that fall short of meeting requirements set forth by environmental laws. Lobby to improve legislation when laws are unable to protect our waters from a particular type of pollution.
Latest Updates
MARK FRONDORF

Help Shenandoah Riverkeeper Pass a Law to Keep Cattle out of Our River!

This Wednesday, January 29, a key House Committee in the Virginia legislature will consider  HB 1422, a bill that sets a 2025 deadline to fence cattle out of waterways and requires state funding to ensure farmers can afford it. Unfenced cattle destroy streambanks and valuable riparian buffers, and directly “deposit” manure and bacteria into the […]

Don’t Mess with Success

The Clean Water Act has been an unmitigated success since it was passed in 1972. So why is the Trump administration rolling it back? Back then, more than two-thirds of U.S. waters were unfit for swimming, fishing, or drinking water use.  The Potomac River had been declared a national disgrace, Lake Erie was dead, and […]

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Imagine A Day Without Water

Go ahead – imagine a day without water. It’s easy to think of terrible examples — hospitals, schools, firefighting companies. Devastating.  But imagine closer to home: you wake up and that first glass of water isn’t there. Neither is the shower, no brushing your teeth. No tea or coffee. And that’s just the first 45 […]

DEAN NAUJOKS

Participate in the EPA Virtual Hearing October 10!

Would you be willing to take a minute of your time to tell EPA weakening coal ash regulations is a really bad idea? I testified last week at the public hearing held by the Environmental Protection Agency on its incredibly ill-founded new proposed regulations concerning disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) or toxic coal ash […]

Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper

PFOA/PFAS – Testing Results

As part of my work to investigate and remediate pollution in the Upper Potomac, I recently conducted a stream assessment for the presence of PFAS— extremely toxic chemicals — in two tributaries of the Opeqoun creek, Evans Run and Cold Spring Run. The sample sites were the same locations that West Virginia’s Department of Environmental […]

Comments on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Draft Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan

Read the PRNK and Shenandoah Riverkeeper comments on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Draft Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan here. Attachment A Attachment B

Help Us Preserve the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah!

Don’t let Dominion do an end run around the courts and federal agencies – we need your help to preserve the Appalachian Trail and the beautiful, pristine Shenandoah! After losing in the courts and federal agencies, Dominion still won’t quit in its effort to build the unnecessary and environmentally disastrous Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  They are […]

Help us stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from being built across the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway!

Help us stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from being built across the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway!  In addition to threatening significant environmental resources, this project is costly and unnecessary, and it will burden property owners and ratepayers for the benefit of private interests.  We have joined with 52 organizations, in Virginia, to write […]

Comments to 2018 Virginia Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report

We are continuing our fight to force the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fulfill its duty to identify the North Fork, South Fork, and main stem of the Shenandoah River (collectively, “Shenandoah River”) as impaired (Category 5) due to widespread algae blooms fueled by uncontrolled or poorly-controlled pollutants including nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment, […]

Help Us Protect Clean Water! File your comments to protect the Clean Water Act today!

Clean water is fundamental to our health and our way of life. For nearly 50 years, the Clean Water Act has promised that all Americans have access to clean water for drinking and recreation and that our country’s most valuable natural assets are protected from pollution.  But now the Trump administration is working to eliminate Clean Water […]

 

Projects

  • Clean Water is Under Attack

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: The Administration has directed the EPA to take sweeping measures to undo clean water protections under the Clean Water Rule intended to safeguard the health of our rivers, streams and wetlands. The announcement to repeal the Clean Water Rule represents one of the most serious assaults on our