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

From Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline

On Friday June 30th at McCoy’s Ferry Campground, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls launched our summer long encampment series to stop a fracked gas pipeline from threatening our water. Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline is organized by several environmental organizations including: Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Food and Water Watch, and Sierra Club. The […]


Standing Up for the EPA

Since we often rely on Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulatory actions to achieve our goal of protecting the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers from pollution, the Trump administration’s plan to eliminate a quarter of the agency’s 15,000 jobs is deeply troubling. Plans to shrink EPA spending by nearly a third go beyond what could reasonably […]


Severe EPA Budget Cuts Threaten Clean Water Protections

From Jeff Kelble, PRKN President: Know why I’m fighting mad? The budget cuts proposed by the Administration last week represent the most severe reductions in clean water protections in two generations. Don’t believe claims that they are about trimming fat and making government more efficient – the attacks on several of EPA’s most important functions […]


Stand with Us for Clean Water

From Jeff Kelble, President, PRKN: The post-election power shift in Washington creates new challenges to our mission of keeping the Clean Water Act’s promise of swimmable, drinkable and fishable waters alive. If even a fraction of the campaign rhetoric becomes reality, we’re on the brink of the most dramatic federal regulatory rollbacks in decades. While […]

Nick Kuttner

Outreach in the Lower Potomac

In March 2016, Nick Kuttner, Potomac Riverkeeper Network Vice Chair and our representative in the Lower Potomac, met with the Potomac River Association in Leonardtown. His message to them was that in order for our Riverkeepers to do their work we have to partner with local community groups. The local community groups know and can […]


Potomac Riverkeeper Network Stands with Partners to Support Waters of the U.S. Rule

Last April, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released draft Clean Water Act (“CWA”) regulations intended to clarify the federal law’s definition of “waters of the United States.” This is a critically important element of the Act, since only waterways that fit this definition fall under the law’s jurisdiction. […]