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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Acting Vice President of Programs & Litigation, recently testified before the DC City Council to urge them to lift the outdated and unnecessary ban on swimming in the Potomac.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

2019 Virginia Legislation Passed Requiring Cleanup of Toxic Coal Ash in Virginia

Take Action to Stop Toxic Coal Tar Pollution

Did you know that cancer-causing chemicals are entering the Potomac River? Since at least the 1970s, coal tar and creosote have been discharging freely into the Nation’s River. Potomac Riverkeeper Network has been engaged in discussions with the City of Alexandria for more than six years regarding the City’s ongoing discharge of cancer-causing coal tar … Read More


Cacapon Riverfest

Join us for a celebration of the Cacapon River in Capon Bridge, West Virginia. The festival will include a river parade, contests, environmental presentations, an artisan market, food, drink and ALL DAY MUSIC! Friday, June 17, 2022 – 4 pm – 9 pmSaturday, June 18, 2022 – 11 am – 9 pm What is the … Read More


Shenandoah Riverkeeper supports chlorophyll A standards for Virginia’s waterways to combat nutrient pollution and urges Department of Environmental Quality to adopt additional standards for toxic cyanobacteria algae. COMMENT LETTER Potomac Riverkeeper Network Comments on Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) for Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards, 9 VAC25-260 (PDF)

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Annual Upper Potomac Member Meeting

Sunday, September 19th • 12:00 pmVeterans Park, Smithsburg, MD Annual UPRK Member Meeting Details Join Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Brent Walls, for your Annual Upper Potomac Member Meeting! This is a great opportunity to catch up on the developments over the past year and what’s in the future in the Upper Potomac. This meeting is a … 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



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

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