Black History Month – and the History of Segregated Beaches

Today, we begin Black History month, a month dedicated to recognizing the contributions of Black Americans to the United States, including to our struggles for racial equality.  The Potomac River has a very mixed history with respect to its relationship to slavery, segregation, and other indicia of racism.  It was one of the largest routes … Read More

2021 Annual Report


KEEPING OUR WATER CLEAN — FOR DRINKING, FOR PLAYING, FOR LIFE Our 2021 report includes information and data on our work toward stepping up community engagement; eliminating pollution in the north branch of the Potomac and bacterial monitoring and testing for toxic chemicals in the Upper Potomac watershed; progress in justice, equity, diversity & inclusion; … Read More

Sacoby Wilson

Black History Month – This Is Why It Is Important To All Of Us

The theme of this year’s Black History Month is health and wellness and it will celebrate those individuals of color who made significant advances both within their community and for all of us. One well known local physician, Dr. Charles R. Drew made advances in both the science and technology of blood transfusions that enabled … Read More


2021 End of Year Message

It is the time of year when we remember how lucky we are in life and how much we value the opportunity that we all have to give back to the world around us. Here are, of course, many things to be thankful for – our health, our families, our friends, the communities in which … Read More



This week at Potomac Riverkeeper Network we are commemorating Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved individuals in the U.S.  Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th and is known as the day of freedom and liberation.  The start of Juneteenth originated in Texas when in 1865 it was announced by the U.S. Major General … 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


Today at Potomac Riverkeeper Network, we celebrate the beauty of the Earth and continue the fight to keep it clean and safe for people and wildlife everywhere. We join with people around the world to recognize the role we play in climate disasters and to begin to take accountability for these issues. I love Earth … Read More

Nancy Stoner, PRKN President

PRKN applauds Waterkeeper Alliance for adopting a strong commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Statement of Potomac Riverkeeper Network about adoption of new quality standard for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion by Waterkeeper Alliance Potomac Riverkeeper Network applauds the Waterkeeper Alliance for adopting a strong commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the Quality Standards governing the activities of the more than 350 Waterkeeper Alliance organizations around the … Read More

Rainbow Trout Fishing

#OptOutside this Holiday Season

This year the holidays feel a little different, but we here at PRKN are still using this season as an opportunity to reflect on what is important, and take a moment to think about “what the rivers mean to us” which is our Giving Tuesday theme this year. The rivers are a place of sanctuary, … Read More