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PFAS Investigation Program

PFAS Investigation Program Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a growing list of 5,000+ chemicals found in products like nonstick pans, food packaging, and firefighting foam used on military bases and at commercial airports. PFAS are known as a legacy chemical, meaning they don’t easily break down, and can persist in our bodies and in the … Read More

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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

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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

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PFAS in the Upper Potomac

PFAS are legacy toxic chemicals and a serious problem, whose extent and prevalence we still don’t know. But Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, has begun important testing in his watershed, starting with Antietam Creek. Check out this video from his Water Wednesday talk. 

Press Release

Troubling Findings of Forever Chemicals in Antietam Creek Announced by Upper Potomac Riverkeeper

High Levels of PFAS Detected in Smallmouth Bass and Creek Waters Washington, D.C. – June 17– Upper Potomac Riverkeeper (UPRK) Brent Walls today announced findings of high levels of PFAS chemicals in fish and water in the Antietam Creek and surrounding region. Said Walls, “Although banned nearly 15 years ago, the presence of these chemicals, … Read More

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DEQ Taking Action on Route I-66 Alleged Violations

Potomac Riverkeeper Commends Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for Action to Bring Route I-66 Construction Site Polluter to Account Investigation by Potomac Riverkeeper Identified Illegal Sediment Runoff into Accotink Creek and Potomac River Washington, D.C. – May 18 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) applauds Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for issuing notices of violation … Read More