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

  • Savage River Wild & Scenic Campaign

    In September 2016, Potomac Riverkeeper Network launched a new campaign to have the Savage River in Western Maryland designated as Wild and Scenic by Congress, under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This designation would provide additional protections against pollution and development on the Savage, helping to preserve this incredible

  • Swimmable Potomac River Campaign

    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 quality criteria

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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

    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 Bay. We,

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    Get the Cattle Out Campaign

    Shenandoah Riverkeeper has identified 73 herds of cattle with direct access to the North Fork, South Fork, and mainstem Shenandoah River. A seemingly harmless or even healthy activity for the animals, cattle with direct river access cause tremendous damage to river banks and overall river health. When cows enter the river their

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    Shenandoah Algae Elimination Campaign

    We have been working diligently for years to tackle the issue of nutrient pollution and the algae crisis it creates on the Shenandoah. Primarily, intense poultry and dairy operations create hundreds of millions of pounds of manure which causes runoff, triggering massive algae blooms year round, inhibiting recreational use and hurting aquatic

  • Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! 2016

    Over 300 people experienced the most beautiful scenery in the region with our Riverkeepers. They joined us on 12 diverse paddle trips from June 8th to 19th, from novice to advanced, from a few hours to a few days. We paddled areas from the South Branch of the Potomac to

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

    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 standards for

  • Massanutten Sewage Treatment Plant & Pollution Trading

    Shenandoah Riverkeeper is working to stop nutrient trading and get stricter limits on nutrients from the Massanutten Sewage Treatment Plant to better protect Quail Run, Boone Run, and ultimately, the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. This facility discharges treated wastewater from the ski resort area, including the lodge, restaurants, condominiums, and

  • Maryland’s Public Information Act & Nutrient Management Plans

    “Confidential” business plans for farmers, or what we refer to as Nutrient Management Plans, go against the Maryland Public Information Act, preventing public access to necessary information to safeguard our rivers from nutrient pollution that exceeds permitted limits. Currently, citizens only have access to nutrient information about Combined Animal Feeding