“Clean water is a fundamental human right. The greatest legacy we can leave for our children is access to clean water. Safeguarding the Nation’s River, which provides drinking water to approximately seven million people, is a serious responsibility.” – Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper
Enforcement & Advocacy
We Sue Navy to Require Clean Water Act Permit for Potomac River Weapons Testing!
Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) and NRDC (the Natural Resources Defense Council) filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Navy in federal court in Maryland over violations of the Clean Water Act.
The U.S. Navy uses a long stretch of the Potomac River, 53 miles south of Washington DC, and a facility alongside it, in Dahlgren, Virginia, to conduct a wide range of weapons testing. This is the nation’s largest over-the-water gun-firing range.
PRKN fights to protect the public from eating contaminated oysters
PRKN has joined the State of Maryland in a lawsuit based on PRKN’s investigation of sewer overflows by St. Mary’s County’s Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) that contaminated downstream oyster beds. The state and PRKN are seeking an injunction ordering MetCom to cease sewage overflows from its sewer system and to perform necessary corrective action for persistent and illegal discharges of raw sewage from its wastewater treatment plant into the Potomac River and its tributaries upstream from commercially harvested oyster beds.
PRKN works to enhance public access to the Potomac River
Through its Swimmable Potomac campaign, PRKN is absolutely on the right side of the battle to improve water quality and enhance public access to the Potomac River for everyone.
Working with our partner, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congress has passed legislation requiring the US Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of swimming beaches in the District of Columbia.
Potomac Riverkeeper Network and NRDC File Lawsuit in Federal Court in Maryland WASHINGTON, DC (June 21,…