RIVER ACCESS & RECREATION PROGRAM

Protecting and promoting public use of our rivers and streams.

Our love for the river is what fuels our cause. We are a team of river-lovers who paddle, fish, swim, or simply admire the pure beauty of our watershed. As part of our core ideology, we want to share that passion with you – reconnecting the public to their water by offering educational and recreational resources.

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Lastest Posts

River Rodeo 2020

Shenandoah Riverkeeper River Rodeo 2020

The annual Shenandoah River Rodeo was held Saturday, July 13 at the Bentonville Low Water Bridge Campground. Our region’s best fishing guides generously donated their guide fees to Shenandoah Riverkeeper! If you missed this year’s River Rodeo on the Shenandoah, check out this video, courtesy Bill Howard of Downstream Project. For you anglers, don’t miss […]

Press Release

1st Annual Swimmable Potomac Report Issued by PRKN

POTOMAC RIVERKEEPER NETWORK ISSUES SWIMMABLE POTOMAC REPORT Identifies Where and When The Potomac is Safe For Human Contact Washington, D.C. – July 23 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) today released its first annual Water Quality Monitoring Report for the Potomac River, which analyzes the data and results of water sampling at 10 sites along the Potomac […]

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Online Training Modules for Citizen Science Volunteers Now Available

We have had to make adjustments for our water quality monitoring program due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but only so that the important bacteria monitoring we do can safely get done. We canceled our 2020 in-person volunteer water quality monitoring training sessions and developed online training modules so volunteers can take our training course anytime! […]

Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Training

Making the Potomac Swimmable Again – Citizen Science Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program Has Started

To achieve our mission of improving recreation access, our Water Quality Monitoring Program is a key component of the Swimmable Potomac Campaign. We rely on a dedicated team of volunteer citizen scientists who are rigorously trained by Potomac Riverkeeper and other skilled and knowledgeable professionals. The volunteers conduct weekly water sampling and testing from a […]

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Potomac Riverkeeper Network Summer 2019 Water Quality Monitoring Results

We had a highly successful summer protecting and defending the Potomac River through our citizen science water quality monitoring program. It’s a key feature of our Make the Potomac Swimmable Again Campaign.  Over the summer, dozens of volunteers collected and analyzed water samples from the Potomac River from Fletcher’s Cove to National Harbor. Monitoring is […]

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Respect the Shenandoah

The Shenandoah River is near and dear to the hearts of all those who grew up in the Shenandoah Valley as I did. It is a beautiful river, a great fishing river, and great river for paddling, rafting, and inner tubing. I enjoyed many of those pastimes in my youth, but I stopped going to […]

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We Need a New Public Access Site on the North Fork Shenandoah

Our rivers are such a source of pleasure as well as giving us our sustaining drinking water. In addition to the latter, though, we strive to increase our access for recreation. Those of us who have the luxury of working on and near the water understand that and those of you who can and do […]

Is it Safe to Swim?

I’ve been working to protect rivers, lakes, and coastal waters for more than 30 years now, and the question that people most often ask about those waters is whether it is safe to swim.  That’s because people love to go in the water and always have since the beginning of time.  Some people think it […]

We’re Launching the Sea Dog to Help Us Monitor the Quality of the River!

Washington, D.C. – March 19– Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) today launched the Sea Dog, a 42 foot Chesapeake Deadrise, which will enhance PRKN’s capability to protect and defend the Potomac River and be used to patrol, to do water quality monitoring, and to be a floating classroom for environmental education. Nancy Stoner, PRKN president said, […]

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New Water Testing Program at PRKN!

I’m really thrilled to announce the launch of our water quality testing program in D.C. waters! Potomac Riverkeeper is partnering with Anacostia Riverkeeper, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Audubon Naturalist Society, Rock Creek Conservancy and DC’s Department of Energy and the Environment (which provided the grant), to begin regular weekly testing for bacteria in DC’s […]

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DOEE Water Quality Standards, Proposed Rule Comments

Our comments on the Department of Energy and Environment’s (“DOEE”) proposed changes to water quality standards, based on the 2016 triennial review. These comments are submitted by: Anacostia Riverkeeper, Anacostia Watershed Society, Audubon Naturalist Society, Clean Water Action, DC Environmental Network, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Potomac Conservancy, Potomac  Riverkeeper Network, Rock Creek Conservancy, and Wentworth Green Strategies (collectively “Commenters”). […]

RIVERPALOOZA 2018 Kick-Off Set for June 2

RiverPalooza is back with fun and breathtakingly beautiful river outings!  Help us kick-off this year’s celebration by joining us in historic Harpers Ferry, perhaps the most scenic place along the entire Potomac River, for a fun day on the river and then enjoy post-float festivities (optional camping) at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC) to commemorate […]

PRKN Comments on Alexandria’s Long Term Control Plan

We filed comments regarding the City of Alexandria’s revised Long Term Control Plan submission to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Consistent with our statements at recent public meetings, we support the City’s Option B+ plan for significantly reducing discharges of untreated sewage and polluted stormwater from the city’s combined sewer system (CSO).  While we support the City’s Plan, […]

RiverPalooza is Back With Fun and Breathtaking River Outings!

River paddle trips ranging from bird watching, fishing and snorkeling on the Shenandoah to overnight camping on the Potomac’s beautiful Paw Paw Bends are just some of the events scheduled for this year’s Potomac Riverkeeper RiverPalooza June 2– July 27!  The two month long event is is a great opportunity for families and river enthusiasts to […]

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Shenandoah River Report!

A lot has happened since we last spoke at the end of September. The DuPont company, the Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife reached a settlement on the DuPont mercury spill.  DuPont agreed to pay $42 million to help clean up the South River and the South Fork of the […]

Join us for a Potomac Watershed Clean-Up Saturday, April 14!

We’re cleaning up the Potomac Watershed Saturday, April 14!  Groups of volunteers will work from boats to pick up trash from Seneca Creek and the Potomac River. One group will work on the smooth waters of Seneca Creek using canoes provided by Calleva. Another group may work on the nearby Potomac River if weather and […]

EPA Permit for DC Sewage Treatment Plant Fails to Protect the Potomac and Public Health

On November 1, 2017, Potomac Riverkeeper Network sent comments to EPA calling for major changes to the Clean Water Act discharge permit for the Blue Plains Wastewater plant in Washington D.C. While the DC government has invested heavily to upgrade this facility and reduce untreated sewage discharges from its combined sewers, the draft permit still fails […]

Coast Guard Announces Interim Security Zone along the Potomac

The Coast Guard recently announced an interim rule establishing a security zone that encompasses approximately two miles along the Potomac River. The restrictions prevent boaters and recreational users from being on the water when the security zone is in effect. We urge you to send comments to the Coast Guard, asking them to develop a plan to notify paddlers […]

June 3rd RiverPalooza Kick Off is a Success! Sign up for more paddles today!!

We have plenty of RiverPalooza paddles left this summer, so we took a look at the feedback from the Kick Off weekend. Then we carefully cherry picked the ones that made us look good. Just kidding. Comments were positive, so apparently a handful of river advocates can put an event together without any major mishaps. Well, the wind […]

Press Release

Potomac Riverkeeper Network Partners with the National Park Service to Celebrate Area Rivers

RiverPalooza’s Summer Paddle Events for Clean Water Kick Off June 3rd WASHINGTON, DC May 19, 2017 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network, in partnership with the National Park Service, is organizing RiverPalooza, a summer series of paddle events along the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. The trips last from a few hours to a few days and are […]

Projects

  • Cacapon River Capon Bridge WV

    Keep the Cacapon Clean Initiative

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, is a leading figure in The Keep the Cacapon Clean Initiative (KCCI), a cooperative effort along with the Friends of the Cacapon River and Cacapon Institute to focus attention on water quality issues and to engage in “get wet” activities for river enthusiasts.

  • Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! 2016

    Over 300 people experienced the most beautiful scenery in the region with our Riverkeepers. They joined us on 12 diverse paddle trips from June 8th to 19th, from novice to advanced, from a few hours to a few days. We paddled areas from the South Branch of the Potomac to

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    Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! 2015

    Would you paddle over 300 river miles to promote a clean and healthy Potomac and Shenandoah River? Maybe not, but our three Riverkeepers did just that. Starting on September 19th, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks paddled 300 miles of the Potomac River, starting in Cumberland Maryland. Joined by Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent