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



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

Vote Clean Water On November 3!

When I was a little girl, my father used to take me with him to go door-to-door canvassing for the candidates he supported and then volunteering at the polling place on election day. It feels as though times were different then. Many of his friends and neighbors voted against the candidates he supported, but they … Read More

Imagine A Day Without Water

Imagine A Day Without Water — October 21st

The Potomac River provides clean, safe drinking water to almost 6 million people within the river basin. Close to 100 million gallons of water are taken from the river and transported to homes, schools, restaurants, hospitals, and dozens of other businesses and amenities daily1. This water is used for drinking, cooking, cleaning, showering, and removing … 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