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NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE NEW PAK, INC. FOR DISCHARGES OF SEDIMENT-LADEN STORMWATER IN WEST Va

Investigations Show Company’s Inadequate Sediment Control During Poultry House Construction Violates Clean Water Act, Pollutes Trout Habitat Waters Washington, DC – October 13 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) today gave formal notice to New Pak, Inc., (“New Pak”) that it intends to sue New Pak under the Clean Water Act for persistent and illegal discharges … Read More

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Robert Dreher Urges DC City Council to lift ban on swimming in the Potomac

Robert Dreher, PRKN Acting Vice President of Programs & Litigation, recently testified before the DC City Council to urge them to lift the outdated and unnecessary ban on swimming in the Potomac. Testimony of Robert DreherActing Vice President for Programs and Litigation, Potomac Riverkeeper NetworkonB24-0617, The District Waterways Management Authority Establishment Act of 2022 Good … Read More

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE ST. MARY’S COUNTY FOR RAW SEWAGE DISCHARGES POLLUTING OYSTER BEDS

Data Show County’s Wastewater Discharges Violate Clean Water Act, Pollute Oyster Beds, and Harm Watermen and the General Public Washington, DC – October 4 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) today gave formal notice to St. Mary’s County, Maryland that it intends to sue the County Metropolitan Commission (“MetCom”) under the Clean Water Act for persistent … Read More

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POTOMAC  RIVERKEEPER APPLAUDS STUDY TO IDENTIFY SAFE PUBLIC SWIMMING SITES IN THE POTOMAC RIVER

Thanks to Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton for her Leadership in Requesting Study to Identify Locations for Public Beaches Washington, D.C. – May 18 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) commended  Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) for introducing legislation that would fund a feasibility study to identify public swimming beach locations in the Potomac River in the … Read More

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PRKN Sues Alexandria for Violations of Federal Environmental Law

Unlawful Discharge of Coal Tar Pollutants from Oronoco Street Outfall Contributes to Imminent and Substantial Endangerment to Human Health and Environment Washington, D.C. – May 10 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) yesterday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the City of Alexandria for its continued discharges of toxic coal tar waste into the Potomac … Read More

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Potomac Riverkeeper Calls on Army Corps of Engineers to Halt Illegal Discharges Into Potomac Tributary

Environmental Protection Agency Continuing Investigation Washington, DC – April 25 – Illegal and unpermitted discharges from the Washington Aqueduct into Little Falls Branch, discovered in early January by Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper, and which resulted in a criminal complaint filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recurred in March and again on Friday, April 22, … Read More

DMV FISH ADVISORY

The Fish Guide is a useful tool to help anglers make informed decisions about eating caught fish. The guide collects fish consumption advisories from the states of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia that focus on fish caught in the Potomac River and its tributaries. Advisories are a recommendation to limit or avoid eating … Read More

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Virginia Governor’s Pick for Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources Condemned by Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Andrew Wheeler Gutted Environmental Protections as Trump’s EPA Head Washington, D.C. – January 6 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) condemns Gov-elect Glenn Youngkin’s nomination of former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources, who during his tenure at EPA under former President Trump, was responsible for significantly rolling back protections for … Read More

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Epa Violations Found in Charles County, Maryland During Prkn Compliance Sweep

A recent compliance sweep by Potomac Riverkeeper Network has resulted in the discovery of potential Clean Water Act violations in Charles County by two local businesses and a county wastewater treatment plant. Click below to view detailed facility reports. EPA ECHO Database Reports These links are to a website maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency … Read More

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