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

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 […]

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Comments to 2018 Virginia Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report

We are continuing our fight to force the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fulfill its duty to identify the North Fork, South Fork, and main stem of the Shenandoah River (collectively, “Shenandoah River”) as impaired (Category 5) due to widespread algae blooms fueled by uncontrolled or poorly-controlled pollutants including nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment, […]

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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”). […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Waterkeepers Gathered to Honor Our Water at the People’s Climate March

By Robin Broder, Waterkeepers Chesapeake Board Member What an amazing weekend in DC! Thanks to the weeks of preparation by local Riverkeepers, artists and spiritual women, the Waterkeeper movement had one of the best presentations at the People’s Climate March. In the weeks before the March, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, Anacostia Riverkeeper Emily Franc, Patuxent Riverkeeper […]

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RiverPalooza

RiverPalooza 2017 Kicks Off June 3rd with Kayaking, Rafting, Tubing & a Big Party!

RiverPalooza is a season-long annual event providing a wide range of on-the-water and paddling events with our Riverkeepers and in partnership with the region’s best outfitters. RiverPalooza 2017 kicks off on June 3rd with our Make a SPLASH for Clean Water Day at Harpers Ferry — including paddling, rafting, tubing and a big party with BBQ and a bluegrass band. […]

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Sacred Water Ceremonies & People’s Climate March

People from across the nation are coming to Washington, DC on April 29 for a day of global climate action. The People’s Climate March, planned by an alliance that includes climate scientists, environmental organizations, faith-based groups, labor unions, indigenous groups, and citizen activists, is expected to attract millions to the nation’s capital as well as […]

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Daily Limits on Bacteria to Protect Public Health

Washington, DC, like many older east coast cities, has a public health and water pollution problem when rainfall overwhelms its outdated sewer system and causes high volumes of untreated sewage bacteria to be dumped into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Animal waste washed from the street and parks into storm drains adds to the problem, […]

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Potomac Riverkeeper Network Partners With National Park Service to Celebrate Area Rivers

Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! Features 12 Paddle Events over 11 Days, June 8th-19th WASHINGTON, DC May 20, 2016 – Potomac RIverkeeper Network, in partnership with the National Park Service, is organizing Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah!, an unprecedented series of canoe and kayak adventures lasting from a few hours to a few days, and for all […]

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PADDLE POTOMAC! PADDLE SHENANDOAH! WEEK 2 JOURNAL

Week 2 Journal Check out pictures from the trip on our Facebook Page. Day 8: I enjoyed seeing old friends at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) but really enjoyed having my wife Kathy and daughter Krista come spend the night. It had been a long week since I had last seen them. I went […]

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Projects

  • 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