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Water Wednesday: Building a Case

June 29 @ 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

Join Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks and PRKN Vice President of Programs & Litigation Phillip Musegaas for a Water Wednesday discussion on how we build a case against a major polluter and bring them to justice! Our seasoned advocacy and legal experts Dean and Phillip will discuss start to finish how a case against a polluter is brought, including all of the investigations that go on behind the scenes before a lawsuit is even brought to court. 

As a case example we’ll discuss in detail our new lawsuit against the city of Alexandria for continued discharges of toxic coal tar waste into the Potomac River, which is a violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Join us on June 29th to learn more about the investigation which revealed that an outfall had been illegally discharging coal tar and creosote wastes into the Potomac River on a continuous basis since at least 1975! 

If you’d like to learn more and see the site of the Alexandria Gas Works case, please consider joining us in person to discuss the issue. We’ll be meeting on June 30th at 6 pm at 1 Oronoco Street, Alexandria (end of Oronoco Street at Founders Park) to discuss this important issue impacting the Potomac River and Old Town waterfront communities. Please reach out to Dean Naujoks at dean@potomacriverkeeper.org for more information about this meeting. 

Water Wednesday: Building a Case
Location: Online
Date: June 29, 2022
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper: Dean Naujoks joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network in 2015 as the Potomac Riverkeeper. ​Dean has over 20 years of environmental non-profit experience. He began his non-profit career in 1991 with the NC Wildlife Federation. After graduating from NC State University, with a self-created degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development, he was hired as the first Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, serving from 2001 to 2008. He became the first Riverkeeper on the Yadkin River with Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc. in 2008, also serving as Executive Director until 2014.

Phillip Musegaas, Vice President of Programs and Litigation: In his role as Vice President of Programs and Litigation, Phillip works with the Network’s Riverkeepers to develop and carry out their clean water advocacy and grassroots campaigns and serves as PRKN’s in-house counsel on all litigation matters with our experienced and passionate outside counsel. Prior to joining Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Phillip was the Hudson River Program Director at Riverkeeper in New York for ten years, leading efforts to reduce sewage pollution, clean up historic industrial sites and bring enforcement actions to protect the Hudson River. Phillip received a J.D. with honors from Pace University School of Law, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Geography from the University of Washington.