DEAN NAUJOKS, POTOMAC RIVERKEEPER

DEAN NAUJOKS

DEAN NAUJOKS

"Clean water is a fundamental human right. The greatest legacy we can leave for our children is access to clean water. Safe-guarding the Nation's River, which provides drinking water to approximately seven million people, is a serious responsibility."

Dean Naujoks Bio

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Potomac Riverkeeper Projects

Clean Water is Under Attack

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 water resources in decades. What is the […]

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Safe Disposal of Coal Ash at Possum Point Campaign

PRKN is using litigation and grassroots political outreach to push for a full cleanup of Possum Point’s coal ash pollution, investigation of Dominion’s handling of coal ash, and the excavation and removal of all coal ash at the site to a lined landfill away from the Potomac River. Our goal is to make sure these […]

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Stopping Alexandria Sewage Overflow Campaign

Like Washington D.C., the historic downtown section of Alexandria uses a combined sewer system that dumps untreated sewage and stormwater into Hunting Creek and the Potomac River nearly every time it rains, resulting in millions of gallons of sewage containing E.coli and other pathogens flowing into our waterways every year. Under a new Clean Water […]

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NRG Dickerson Power Plant

In 2013, Potomac Riverkeeper, Patuxent Riverkeeper and Food & Water Watch filed a notice of intent to sue to NRG. NRG operates coal powered generating stations at Chalk Point on the Patuxent River and at Dickerson on the Potomac River. One of our main concerns was that NRG tried to persuade the state to let […]

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Challenging DC’s Permit for Bacteria Limits

All of the water bodies covered by the bacteria TMDLs in DC are designated as Class A, meaning they are intended to be clean enough for primary contact recreation uses like swimming and kayaking. For heavily-used aquatic recreation areas, like the DC area, the EPA recommends that water quality criteria include a second (usually higher) […]

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Fair Farms Campaign, Working Together for a New Food System!

In 2015, Potomac Riverkeeper Network joined with Waterkeepers Chesapeake and several other groups to launch Fair Farms, a movement of Marylanders of all stripes, working together for a new food system — one that is fair to farmers, invests in homegrown healthy foods, and restores our waterways instead of polluting them. The Fair Farms Campaign brings […]

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Cove Point LNG Export Facility

Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas Export Facility

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the construction of the Cove Point Liquified Natural Gas Export Facility, located at Lusby, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. This is the first LNG export facility on the East Coast and poses a severe threat to the local community and the Bay. We, along with a coalition of […]

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Maryland’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permits

Stormwater runoff from streets, parking lots and other impervious surfaces in urban and suburban areas carries fecal bacteria, oil, chemicals, trash and nutrients from sediments into storm sewers that carry this polluted water directly to nearby waterways. The result is degraded water quality that fails to meet minimum standards for protection of aquatic wildlife or […]

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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

In 2014, our attorneys at Environmental Integrity Project filed a lawsuit against the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) for illegal discharges of millions of pounds aluminum and Total Suspended Solids exceeding permitted limits. On October 21, 2015, WSSC elected to enter into a binding legal agreement with Potomac Riverkeeper, the State of Maryland and Chesapeake Bay […]

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Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! 2015

Would you paddle over 300 river miles to promote a clean and healthy Potomac and Shenandoah River? Maybe not, but our three Riverkeepers did just that. Starting on September 19th, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks paddled 300 miles of the Potomac River, starting in Cumberland Maryland. Joined by Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls and Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark […]

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