2017 Law & Water Gala

On November 3rd, 2017, over 250 friends, guests and supporters gathered at the historic Old Ebbitt Grill to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and all those who have played a part in its enduring success. This year, we had the privilege of honoring three of the first implementers of the Clean … Read More

Press Release

World Rivers Day: Riverkeepers announce the Twinning of the Potomac and the Ottawa Rivers

(Ottawa, ON. September 22, 2017) – Ottawa Riverkeeper (ORK) and Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRK) are pleased to announce the symbolic twinning of the Capital Rivers of Canada and the United States of America, the Ottawa and Potomac Rivers, respectively. The announcement was made riverside this morning by the Riverkeeper organizations, in celebration of World Rivers Day … Read More

Enforcement Action Leads to Penalties for Sewage Plant in Lower Potomac

Potomac Riverkeeper’s 2016 review of Clean Water Act discharge permits on the Potomac led us to the Winters Apartments Sewage Treatment Plant in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, where chronic operational problems were causing frequent permit violations for excessive discharges of ammonia and suspended solids into the Potomac. This pollution threatened public health and degraded the … Read More

Shenandoah Riverkeeper Asserts that Virginia Must Deny Certification of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

On August 22, 2017, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) submitted comments on behalf of Shenandoah Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper Network and several other conservation groups on the Virginia’s draft section 401 Water Quality Certification for construction and operation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). We urged the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to recommend denial … Read More

Coast Guard Announces Interim Security Zone along the Potomac

The Coast Guard recently announced an interim rule establishing a security zone that encompasses approximately two miles along the Potomac River. The restrictions prevent boaters and recreational users from being on the water when the security zone is in effect. We urge you to send comments to the Coast Guard, asking them to develop a plan to notify paddlers … Read More

From Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline

On Friday June 30th at McCoy’s Ferry Campground, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls launched our summer long encampment series to stop a fracked gas pipeline from threatening our water. Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline is organized by several environmental organizations including: Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Food and Water Watch, and Sierra Club. The … Read More

agricultural livestock runoff

An Unsteady Balance for Virginia’s Farms and Clean Water

Millions of livestock animals are raised in the Shenandoah Valley, a region that by most standards is the breadbasket of Virginia. Agriculture has intensified over the past 40 years, as landowners work to produce more with their limited acreage and to out-strip the drop in commodity prices. The result? The confinement of animals in what … Read More

Concern over TransCanada Pipeline at Chesapeake Bay Executive Meeting

Governors and representatives from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware, along with top EPA officials, convened in Annapolis on June 8th for the annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council.  They signed a resolution urging President Trump and Congress to maintain current levels of support for the Chesapeake Bay Program. Calls by the Administration to eliminate the … Read More

Shenandoah Riverkeeper Files Lawsuit Over Algae in the Shenandoah

We’ve been dealing with excessive algae blooms throughout the river ever since a massive fish kill occurred in 2005. That event spawned Virginia’s Fish Kill Task Force to study the problem. The Task Force discovered many things. None of them good. They discovered male fish with female parts, known as intersex fish. They discovered fish … Read More