Force polluters to comply with or government to enforce environmental laws.
How It Works
- FILE COMPLAINTS: We file complaints with the state when a polluter is no longer in compliance with laws.
- SUE ILLEGAL POLLUTERS: With our partners, we bring lawsuits against polluters who have failed to operate in compliance with environmental laws in order to bring them into compliance.
- CHALLENGE REGULATIONS IN COURT: We challenge regulations in court to improve systems and better protect our waterways.
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Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously vacated the permit issued to Dominion Power by the National Park Service (NPS) for a right of way under the Blue Ridge Parkway, a critical component of the 600 mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The Court noted that the NPS had acted arbitrarily and capriciously in issuing […]
The Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Mid-Term Report came out on July 27 — lots of scientific jargon, but the bottom line is that the region only achieved about 40 percent of its nitrogen reduction through the end of last year. I certainly care about the Chesapeake Bay, but my day to day dedication is about the […]
Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of a crucial permit that the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) needs to build across waterways. While this pipeline does not directly cross the Shenandoah watershed, it has tremendous implications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that does cross the Shenandoah headwaters. Without getting too technical, the […]
The Potomac Riverkeeper Network today filed a lawsuit against the City of Frederick, Maryland, over chronic pollution violations at the city’s sewage plant that have been fouling the scenic and historic Monocacy River. Read the press release here.
Potomac Riverkeeper’s 2016 review of Clean Water Act discharge permits on the Potomac led us to the Winters Apartments Sewage Treatment Plant in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, where chronic operational problems were causing frequent permit violations for excessive discharges of ammonia and suspended solids into the Potomac. This pollution threatened public health and degraded the […]
Millions of livestock animals are raised in the Shenandoah Valley, a region that by most standards is the breadbasket of Virginia. Agriculture has intensified over the past 40 years, as landowners work to produce more with their limited acreage and to out-strip the drop in commodity prices. The result? The confinement of animals in what […]
We’ve been dealing with excessive algae blooms throughout the river ever since a massive fish kill occurred in 2005. That event spawned Virginia’s Fish Kill Task Force to study the problem. The Task Force discovered many things. None of them good. They discovered male fish with female parts, known as intersex fish. They discovered fish […]
As part of Potomac Riverkeeper’s settlement with NRG Energy and the state of Maryland on NRG’s pollution of the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers with excess nutrients, NRG was required to fund a $0.5 million environmental project in the Potomac that would help reduce nutrient pollution. The result? A five year plan developed by the Potomac […]
Jeff Kelble – President I recently found myself in a discussion with Phillip Musegaas, our legal director, assessing our organization’s work and reflecting on how we are doing in meeting our mission of addressing the greatest threats facing the health of our shared river. As we talked, we tallied the legal cases with which we […]
If you’ve just joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) you may gather that we don’t stop trying to solve a pollution problem when we hit the inevitable advocacy road block. Instead, our custom is to take legal action when advocacy can’t get us any further towards a solution. However, this is not always necessary. In many […]