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

Settlement on NRG’s Power Plant Pollution Leads to a $0.5 Million Oyster Restoration Project

As part of Potomac Riverkeeper’s settlement with NRG Energy and the state of Maryland on NRG’s pollution of the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers with excess nutrients, NRG was required to fund a $0.5 million environmental project in the Potomac that would help reduce nutrient pollution. The result? A five year plan developed by the Potomac … Read More

DuPont Agrees to $42 Million Restoration Plan for Mercury Contamination in South and Shenandoah Rivers

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Virginia shared their plan to restore these rivers after decades of mercury releases from DuPont’s Waynesboro factory poisoned birds, fish and other aquatic life and left a tainted legacy of 125 miles of river polluted with mercury. In parallel with DuPont’s approved plan to remediate contaminated river … Read More

Press Release

EPA Fails to Protect the Shenandoah River

Local groups challenge EPA’s approval of Virginia’s decision to not list the Shenandoah as ‘impaired,’ despite excessive algae blooms and nutrient pollution Front Royal, VA — Today, four local citizen groups filed a lawsuit filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the agency’s repeated failure to address the Shenandoah River’s increasing problem with … Read More

Keeping Cattle Out of the River is Healthier for the Cattle – and the River

Cattle trample vegetation and destroy a stream bank as they walk down the bank to enter the river. The damage can be severe. It denudes the streamside vegetation and increases the sediment load into the river along with all of the poop and urine. Healthy stream banks and their buffers protect the vegetation, providing needed … Read More

Shenandoah Riverkeeper Halts Nutrient Trading at the Massanutten Sewage Treatment Plant

The Shenandoah Riverkeeper scored a major victory in protecting the Shenandoah watershed by compelling the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to dramatically improve the Massanutten Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) permit and halt nutrient trading at the facility. The previous permit allowed the STP to exceed its permit limits for nutrients and purchase credits to … Read More

Waterkeepers Gathered to Honor Our Water at the People’s Climate March

By Robin Broder, Waterkeepers Chesapeake Board Member What an amazing weekend in DC! Thanks to the weeks of preparation by local Riverkeepers, artists and spiritual women, the Waterkeeper movement had one of the best presentations at the People’s Climate March. In the weeks before the March, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, Anacostia Riverkeeper Emily Franc, Patuxent Riverkeeper … Read More

New Report on Livestock and Poultry Pollution Issues in the Shenandoah

On April 26, 2017, Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) came out with a report focusing on the livestock pollution issues in the Shenandoah. The Washington Post covered the report’s release, and perhaps out of an abundance of caution, focused a bit too heavily on the bacterial concerns. The report is extremely important, however, and is accurate … Read More