Finding water pollution, figuring out the source, developing a solution.

How It Works

Through citizen reports and staff monitoring, we investigate pollution incidents and ongoing threats to water quality. Once a major pollution threat is identified we implement measures to find a solution.

  1. PATROLLING: Staff and volunteers conduct regular On-The-Ground and On-The-Water investigations to hunt for pollution.
  2. CITIZEN POLLUTION REPORTS: Our Riverwatcher Program trains interns and citizens how to identify and report pollution in our watershed.
  3. COMPLIANCE SWEEPS: We conduct systematic, bi-annual compliance sweeps to determine what point-source polluters are exceeding their Clean Water Act (CWA) Permits.
  4. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH: Working with partners, we research and assess the current state of our rivers.

Want to help us identify threats?

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Latest Updates

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, […]


Sea Dog Recap!

Our Sea Dog water monitoring boat launch was a fabulous event!  Read about it in The Washington Post here and here, and listen to it on WAMU, and watch it on WUSA TV 9 here and here and WJLA TV 7!  Thanks to everyone who turned out, and for the generous hospitality of the National […]


USGS Shenandoah Smallmouth Bass Research Beginning to Find Answers

Shenandoah Riverkeeper began working with Dr. Vicki Blazer, of the USGS National Fish Health Research Laboratory in Kearneysville, WV, during the 2005 Fish Kill Task Force. Since then, we’ve assisted in the lab’s collection efforts and have been the eyes and ears for happenings on the river. The result of this collaboration is a greater […]


What’s Behind the Fish Kills on the Shenandoah?

Now that the summer has officially arrived, everyone wants to know how the fishing is doing on the Shenandoah River. Unfortunately, for this season, I am afraid it will be a bit of a slog, but there are a couple of encouraging signs that bode well for the fishery in future seasons. In 2014, a […]