Press Release

Passage of Legislation Restricting Sale of Toxic Chemicals in Maryland Applauded by Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Legacy Toxins in Carpets, Food Packaging, Firefighting Foam Prohibited Washington, DC – April 21 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) applauds Maryland’s General Assembly for passing the “George “Walter” Taylor Act which prohibits the sale of certain products containing PFAS which Gov. Larry Hogan signed today, PRKN President Nancy Stoner announced today. Said Stoner, PFAS chemicals … 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

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PFAS Investigation Program

PFAS Investigation Program To address this pollutant, Brent works with USGS fish biologists to collect small-range fish species, which provide a food source for aquatic and terrestrial species and for humans as well, and testing them for toxic chemicals. Brent will also be conducting a survey of river participants on their fishing habits and if … Read More


Drone Surveillance Program

Under the guidance of Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls, Potomac Riverkeeper Network has developed a program that uses drone technology to advance our ability to detect and gather information on water pollution sources that are impacting water quality in the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Establishing a formal drone program is an important step that expresses … Read More

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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

Press Release

A Big Win for Clean Water in the Upper Potomac

Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls’s campaign to clean up toxic “black liquor” emanating from Luke, MD, Verso papermill is now one in the “win” column for him — and for the river. Through some innovative sleuthing with his drone and plain old fashioned persistence, and thanks to top flight legal representation by our friends at … Read More

Mettiki Coal

Public Hearing on Reissuance of Clean Water Act Discharge Permit for Mettiki Coal Set for March 24

The Mettiki Coal operation in Western Maryland is suspected of periodically discharging contaminated water which makes its way into drinking wells and the North Branch of the Potomac River. Past inspections have shown evidence of possible metals pollution. The Mettiki facility has submitted a request for a reissuance of its Clean Water Act discharge (NPDES) permit … Read More

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Sailor Turns Sleuth in Battle for Nation’s River

You’ll enjoy this feature story by Tom Pelton of Environmental Integrity Project on Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls and his battle to save the Upper Potomac River: “Sailor Turns Sleuth in Battle for Nation’s River This 18 minute audo recording will be of interest because goes into more depth about the town of Luke, Maryland, … Read More