Projects

  • Floating Wetland Area National Harbor

    50 Million Mussel Project

    “Putting some Mussel back in the River!” Mussels are so valuable to maintaining water quality — they filter nutrients, toxins, and sediments. The mussels population in the Potomac has suffered but because of their importance, we’re launching the Million Mussel Project to return them to the river so they can

  • Swimmable Potomac River Campaign

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: 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.

  • Potomac Watershed Clean Up Initiative

    Help Us Keep the Potomac Trash-Free Join us at National Harbor or Alexandria Waterfront! From April to October, we have clean up events – the second Saturday of the month at National Harbor and the third Sunday of the month at Oronoco Park at the Alexandria Waterfront.   For National

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    Citizen Science Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program

    Participate in our Citizen Science Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program to Make the Potomac Swimmable Again! Part of Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s mission is to improve recreation access. For years it has been illegal to swim in the Potomac River in Washington, DC because high levels of bacteria sometimes make it

  • Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: Washington, D.C. – November 14 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) today filed a Notice of Intent to sue Charles County, Maryland’s Board of Public Works in federal court for the ongoing unlawful discharges of wastewater from the county’s Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant into the Potomac River and Mattawoman

  • Toxic Wastewater Discharges from Coal Power Plants

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: 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

  • 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

  • Safe Disposal of Coal Ash at Possum Point Campaign

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: PROJECT UPDATE: Virginia lawmakers have approved legislation to require the state’s largest electric utility to excavate and clean up unlined coal ash pits.  The General Assembly approved legislation that requires Dominion Energy to recycle or safely landfill millions of cubic yards of coal ash currently located at sites around

  • Stopping Alexandria Sewage Overflow Campaign

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: 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

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    NRG Dickerson Power Plant

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: 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