Waterkeepers are known for taking legal actions against polluters and regulators to enforce laws and to ensure cleanup of pollution. But not all pollution issues call for a legal remedy. Sometimes the issues are complicated and we need to employ several different strategies under a campaign. We often have to enlist the community to stop pollution or demand better laws. Sometimes we need a legislative solution or regulatory reform which means we lobby for better laws and comment to improve regulations and permits. We enlist the media’s help to shine a spotlight on an issue. We send out calls for action when we need your voice and need you to show up at public meetings and rallies. Check out our current campaigns and see how you can become involved.

Projects

  • 2017 Algal Outbreak, Deer Rapids, Strasburg VA

    Shenandoah Algae Reporting Campaign

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: Algal Outbreaks Continue to Plague the Shenandoah The Shenandoah River and its inhabitants have been suffering from algal outbreaks for years now. We know that a principal source of the problem is nutrient runoff from agricultural operations, and we know that the fish kills directly result from the

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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

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    Green and Prosperous Valley Vision: SRK’s Chesapeake Bay Trust Collaboration

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: Shenandoah Valley Clean Water Collaboration Creating a Smart, Green, and Economically Prosperous Watershed Potomac Riverkeeper Network has obtained a $100,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to develop a Shenandoah Valley “Green Vision” through the use of expanded collaborative forums in the Valley that will be focused on

  • Tom's-Creek

    Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Leads Fight Against Mining Permit in Pennsylvania

    Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls joined Friends of Tom’s Creek (FOTC) to oppose the expansion of operations for Specialty Granules, Inc (SGI) on Tom’s Creek in Fairfield, PA. Brent’s goal is to convince Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection to deny a permit for SGI, which, if granted, will allow stormwater

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    Atlantic Coast Pipeline Threatens Shenandoah River Campaign

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: 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

  • 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

  • Big Springs Filtration Plant & Firefighting Chemical Contamination

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: EPA issued a lifetime health advisory (LHA) in 2016 that gave a limit of 70 parts per trillion for PFOS and PFOAs, two chemicals commonly used in firefighting foam and sometimes found in drinking water. While this advisory does not set legally enforceable standards, it is typically used

  • 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

  • No Potomac Pipeline Campaign

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: In 2016, behind the scenes, without public input, a West Virginia gas company called Mountaineer Gas quietly laid the groundwork for a fracked gas pipeline that would threaten the Potomac River and the National Park Service’s C&O Canal, one of the most visited national parks. Residents in Morgan