MARK FRONDORF, SHENANDOAH RIVERKEEPER
"I've been a witness to some very poignant moments - fathers connecting with their sons, young girls catching their first fish, folks celebrating milestones and honoring those that have passed...and they all happened on our river."
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Shenandoah River Projects
The proposed construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would impact the headwaters of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. This is a transmission line to get fracked gas out of Pennsylvania and West Virginia and ship it down to North Carolina and Portsmouth, Virginia. If constructed, this pipeline will traverse the South River, one of […]
We have been working diligently for years to tackle the issue of nutrient pollution and the algae crisis it creates on the Shenandoah. Primarily, intense poultry and dairy operations create hundreds of millions of pounds of manure which causes runoff, triggering massive algae blooms year round, inhibiting recreational use and hurting aquatic life. Construction sites, failing urban […]
Shenandoah Riverkeeper has identified 73 herds of cattle with direct access to the North Fork, South Fork, and mainstem Shenandoah River. A seemingly harmless or even healthy activity for the animals, cattle with direct river access cause tremendous damage to river banks and overall river health. When cows enter the river their sharp hooves disturb sediment, upsetting […]
Shenandoah Riverkeeper is working to stop nutrient trading and get stricter limits on nutrients from the Massanutten Sewage Treatment Plant to better protect Quail Run, Boone Run, and ultimately, the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. This facility discharges treated wastewater from the ski resort area, including the lodge, restaurants, condominiums, and private homes. Unfortunately, it is […]
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 […]
Virginia has various deficiencies in its Combined Animal Feeding Opertation (CAFO) permitting program under the federal Clean Water Act. However, the state of Virginia has refused to improve their regulations in order to sufficiently protect our waters from CAFO manure runoff. These large livestock enterprises often have thousands of chickens and hogs packed into what are […]
George’s Chicken Processing Plant in Harrisonburg, VA, is home to a wastewater treatment facility with a biological nutrient removal (BNR) system. However, this BNR sytem has had repeated collapses, resulting in high ammonia discharges and violations of annual nutrient dischage permit levels. We entered discussions with George’s Chicken and the state to push for improvements before filing […]
Although the Shenandoah River and it’s wildlife and recreational users are suffering terribly from excess nutrient runoff, which fuel massive algae blooms, Virginia has no water quality standard for nutrients. We have been working for many years to push to get the Shenandoah officially listed by the state of Virginia because of this problem. Virginia […]
A 100 year old small privately owned paper plant in West Virginia had been experiencing problem discharges for over 2 decades. After filing a Clean Water Act lawsuit in 2011, we entered a consent decree that mandated that the facility implement upgrades designed to bring it into full compliance and pay penalties of over $100,000. Additionally, […]
In 2010, Virginia’s legislature removed any local control over the use of sewage sludge (biosolids) as a farm fertilizer. While Virginia law prohibits the application of sewage sludge in a manner that threatens health or the environment, the regulations approved by the state do not meet that high standard. The fundamental problems with the state’s […]