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

  • Petition for Stronger Controls of Factory Farms (CAFOs) in Virginia

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: Virginia has various deficiencies in its Combined Animal Feeding Opertation (CAFO) permitting program under the federal Clean Water Act. However, the state of Virginia has refused to improve their regulations in order to sufficiently protect our waters from CAFO manure runoff. These large livestock enterprises often have thousands of

  • Mining Threatens Tom’s Creek

    Tom’s Creek is a small trout stream with head waters in the Michaux State Forest, providing drinking water to the town of FairField, PA. Tom’s Creek is designated by the State as a High Quality stream. This high quality stream is under a threat by a potential expansion of the

  • George’s Chicken Processing Plant

    George’s Chicken Processing Plant in Harrisonburg, VA, is home to a wastewater treatment facility with a biological nutrient removal (BNR) system. However, this BNR sytem has had repeated collapses, resulting in high ammonia discharges and violations of annual nutrient dischage permit levels. We entered discussions with George’s Chicken and the state to

  • Listing the Shenandoah as Impaired Due to Algae

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: Although the Shenandoah River and it’s wildlife and recreational users are suffering terribly from excess nutrient runoff, which fuel massive algae blooms, Virginia has no water quality standard for nutrients. We have been working for many years to push to get the Shenandoah officially listed by the state

  • North Mountain Shale Quarry

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: Polluted stormwater runoff into Mill Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River, from the North Mountain Shale Quarry, threatens a small trout stream, residential drinking water, and water for farm use. Although this runoff is permitted we appealed this permit and negotiated stricter monitoring requirements that requires water

  • Ox Paperboard Lawsuit

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: A 100 year old small privately owned paper plant in West Virginia had been experiencing problem discharges for over 2 decades. After filing a Clean Water Act lawsuit in 2011, we entered a consent decree that mandated that the facility implement upgrades designed to bring it into full

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    Virginia Sewage Sludge Application Regulations

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: In 2010, Virginia’s legislature removed any local control over the use of sewage sludge (biosolids) as a farm fertilizer. While Virginia law prohibits the application of sewage sludge in a manner that threatens health or the environment, the regulations approved by the state do not meet that high