Potomac Protector Leadership Council

Potomac Riverkeeper Network has created a new Council for conservation leaders who love the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and want to be more engaged in their protection. These leaders will help to accelerate PRKN’s progress in protecting the public’s right to clean water in the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Leaders will be asked to serve … Read More


The Fish Guide is a useful tool to help anglers make informed decisions about eating caught fish. The guide collects fish consumption advisories from the states of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia that focus on fish caught in the Potomac River and its tributaries. Advisories are a recommendation to limit or avoid eating … Read More

T-Shirt Design Contest!

PRKN Community Designed T-shirt Campaign Guidelines Thank you for your interest in Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s Community Designed T-shirt Contest! For this contest, you’ll be designing a graphic for the next iteration of a limited edition Potomac Riverkeeper Network t-Shirt. Please review the following requirements and guidelines before you start designing!  Theme: “Our Watershed, Our Home” … Read More



Nothing has been more inspiring than the work we have accomplished together as a community by staying strong during difficult and turbulent times. Despite the turmoil, we expanded our Community Science Water Quality Monitoring Program, published our first annual Swimmable Potomac Report, launched our Trash-Free Potomac, Respect the Shenandoah, and 50 Million Mussels Campaigns, dove … Read More



Local Environmental Group Included in Amazon’s $9 Million Grants to Community Organizations, Enables Additional River Protection Washington, D.C. – November 16 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) was among local community groups which are the beneficiaries of gifts and grants from Amazon, PRKN president Nancy Stoner announced today. “We thank Amazon for its support and for … Read More

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PRKN Watershed Acknowledgment Statement

The Potomac Riverkeeper Network is a non-profit organization determined to ensure the health and integrity of the Potomac River and its watershed. But we were not the original protectors of this waterway. The word Potomac is an Anglicized version of a local tribe’s name Patawomeke, although the river had several different names based on region … Read More

A Tale of Two Rivers

Water Wednesday: A Tale of Two Rivers (Video)

The Potomac River is a haven for many of us. It provides a space for recreation including kayaking, fishing, paddleboarding, and even open water swimming, but is it safe? Urban stormwater, sewage overflows, agricultural runoff, and industrial pollution all threaten the ecology of the River, and the safety of those who recreate on it. We … Read More

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Sailor Turns Sleuth in Battle for Nation’s River

You’ll enjoy this feature story by Tom Pelton of Environmental Integrity Project on Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls and his battle to save the Upper Potomac River: “Sailor Turns Sleuth in Battle for Nation’s River This 18 minute audo recording will be of interest because goes into more depth about the town of Luke, Maryland, … Read More

A Year of Tragedy — A Time for Solidarity

This year is turning out to be one of the most difficult ever for our nation. With 130,000 dead from Covid-19, massive unemployment, and the recent spate of racial violence — all of which disproportionately affect people of color, the underserved, and the most vulnerable of our population — our nation is experiencing unprecedented levels … Read More