Projects

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    Citizen Science Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: Citizen Science Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring to Make the Potomac Swimmable Again! Part of Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s mission is to improve recreation access throughout the entire river basin. For years it has been illegal to swim in the Potomac River in Washington, DC because of high levels of

  • 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

  • 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. For heavily-used aquatic recreation areas, like the DC area, the EPA recommends that water

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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.

  • Cove Point LNG Export Facility

    Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas Export Facility

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: 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

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

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: 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