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

We Need Your Help! Comments to Stop the Potomac Pipeline Due Feb. 26!

As we at PRKN prepare to submit our comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Potomac Pipeline, we want to make sure our fellow pipeline opponents know about the serious problems we’ve identified in the EA.  Remember that the comments are due Monday, February 26, so join in and help us […]

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Help Us Protect Water Quality from Fracked-Gas Pipelines!

Tomorrow afternoon (Jan 25) in the Virginia Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, a very important energy-related bill will be heard and voted on. Please help us calling members of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee and asking that they support SB950. SB950 would protect water quality from fracked-gas pipelines. Communities across […]

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Potomac Riverkeeper Network Calls for Changes to Maryland’s New Pollution Trading Regulations

On December 8, 2017 the Maryland Department of Environment’s (MDE) published its proposed Water Quality Trading Program regulations which would establish rules for creating a nutrient pollution credit trading market. The weak draft rules fail to protect local water quality and, if not dramatically improved, would prevent Maryland from meeting its Chesapeake Bay cleanup targets […]

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GW WONKCAST S2E6: THE CLEAN WATER RULE

In episode six, the GW WonkCast team talks with Phillip Musegaas, Vice President of Programs and Litigation at Potomac Riverkeeper Network, an environmental nonprofit that works to protect the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Musegaas discusses the current state of water regulation and protection given the repeal and changes to the Clean Water Rule. This rule was […]

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World Rivers Day: Riverkeepers announce the Twinning of the Potomac and the Ottawa Rivers

(Ottawa, ON. September 22, 2017) – Ottawa Riverkeeper (ORK) and Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRK) are pleased to announce the symbolic twinning of the Capital Rivers of Canada and the United States of America, the Ottawa and Potomac Rivers, respectively. The announcement was made riverside this morning by the Riverkeeper organizations, in celebration of World Rivers Day […]

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Urgent Action! Tell Virginia to Reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline!

We need to act fast! The proposed 600-mile fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is on its way to being built – unless we all work together to stop this unnecessary and economically and environmentally devastating project. This pipeline project proposed by Dominion Resources and Duke Energy would carry gas from the Marcellus Shale field […]

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Major Environmental Groups Urge MDE to Investigate Full Risks of Pipeline

Alarmed with the Potential Detriment to the Environment, Coalition Calls for Assessment, Rejection of TransCanada’s Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project Baltimore, MD — On Tuesday August 8, a letter signed by 18 state and local environmental organizations was delivered to Secretary Ben Grumbles of the Maryland Department of the Environment. The signatories demand that MDE use its […]

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URGENT ACTION! Stop EPA’s Repeal of the Clean Water Rule!

The Trump administration launched its assault on our clean water and drinking water protections with a proposed repeal of the Clean Water Rule. A lengthy, deliberate, and inclusive process led to the 2015 Clean Water Rule, a rule protective of vital waterways and based in sound law and sound science. By comparison, the Administration’s scheme […]

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EPA Suspends New Limits on Toxic Emissions from Coal Fired Power Plants

In yet another assault on clean water, the EPA recently announced its indefinite delay of new pollution limits for coal fired power plants, known as “Effluent Limitation Guidelines” (ELG) issued by President Obama’s EPA in 2015. After thirty years of inaction by EPA, these new limits on discharges of arsenic, mercury, lead and other toxic […]

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From Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline

On Friday June 30th at McCoy’s Ferry Campground, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls launched our summer long encampment series to stop a fracked gas pipeline from threatening our water. Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline is organized by several environmental organizations including: Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Food and Water Watch, and Sierra Club. The […]

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  • 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