Fighting to Stop Toxic Wastewater Pollution from Coal Power Plants

In the latest example of federal environmental rollbacks affecting the Potomac River, the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) blindly followed EPA’s lead and failed to set strict limits on arsenic, mercury, lead and other toxic metals discharged from the Morgantown and Dickerson coal-fired power plants into the Potomac in their most recent Clean Water Act … Read More

Our Report Shows Coal Ash Can Be Recycled to Beneficial Uses

Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Southern Environmental Law Center released a new report that finds recycling coal ash left at Possum Point and three other Dominion Energy coal power plant sites is commercially viable and would eliminate the risk of future environmental contamination posed by leaving the ash in capped, unlined ash ponds onsite. Recycled coal ash … Read More

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