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

Help Us Preserve the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah!

Don’t let Dominion do an end run around the courts and federal agencies – we need your help to preserve the Appalachian Trail and the beautiful, pristine Shenandoah! After losing in the courts and federal agencies, Dominion still won’t quit in its effort to build the unnecessary and environmentally disastrous Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  They are […]


Help us stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from being built across the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway!

Help us stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from being built across the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway!  In addition to threatening significant environmental resources, this project is costly and unnecessary, and it will burden property owners and ratepayers for the benefit of private interests.  We have joined with 52 organizations, in Virginia, to write […]


Comments to 2018 Virginia Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report

We are continuing our fight to force the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fulfill its duty to identify the North Fork, South Fork, and main stem of the Shenandoah River (collectively, “Shenandoah River”) as impaired (Category 5) due to widespread algae blooms fueled by uncontrolled or poorly-controlled pollutants including nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment, […]


Help Us Protect Clean Water! File your comments to protect the Clean Water Act today!

Clean water is fundamental to our health and our way of life. For nearly 50 years, the Clean Water Act has promised that all Americans have access to clean water for drinking and recreation and that our country’s most valuable natural assets are protected from pollution.  But now the Trump administration is working to eliminate Clean Water […]


EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standard Testimony

Today I testified before the EPA about their proposed rulemaking which would weaken the Mercury an Air Toxics Standard. It is important that we prevent what happened with mercury in the Shenandoah watershed from happening again.  You can read my testimony below. Thank you for providing me this opportunity to stand in front of you […]


Public Hearing on Closing Possum Point

Join me at the Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on closing Possum Point coal ash ponds, Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. Potomac Senior High School, 3401 Panther Pride Drive, Dumfries, VA. We are close to a historic legislative agreement to clean up coal ash at Possum Point, but we need your help to […]

Brent Walls

Join Us for A Public Hearing Against a Mining Permit in Pennsylvania

On Wednesday, January 30, support us, Friends of Tom’s Creek (FOTC), and other local residents at the public hearing by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) on a mining permit for Specialty Granules, Inc., (SGI). Time is 6:30 p.m. and place is the Fire and EMS Hall, 106 Steelman St., Fairfield, PA 17320. We need to convince DEP […]


Statement on Pending Virginia Coal Ash Legislation

Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) and Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks today applauded the agreement which resulted in pending legislation to resolve the Commonwealth’s longstanding coal ash pollution problem. The bill, SB 1533, requires that all legacy coal ash in the Commonwealth be recycled or safely landfilled within 15 years, rather than left in the current dangerous […]

Brent Walls

Public Hearing to Consider Impact of Specialty Granules, Inc.’s Application for Permit to Mine Pine Hill

Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls will be joined by members of Friends of Tom’s Creek (FOTC) and other local residents for the second public hearing on the expansion of operations for Specialty Granules, Inc (SGI). The public hearing will be on January 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire and EMS Hall in Fairfield, PA. […]


Help Us Solve Virginia’s Coal Ash Problem!

We urgently need your help to solve Virginia’s coal ash pollution problem! And we need it by Thursday noon, January 17! Virginia’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is considering our long sought-after legislation to finally clean up Dominion’s coal ash mess!  And they meet Thursday afternoon! Call or email the members of the Committee – […]




  • 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