Shenandoah Algae Elimination Campaign
It’s Budget Time in Virginia — Let the General Assembly Know That Funding Clean Water Must be a Priority!
Dear Friend, It’s Budget Time in Virginia — Let the General Assembly Know That Funding Clean Water Must be a Priority! Dollars can move mountains or better yet, protect our rivers and streams. We have a unique opportunity this year to see meaningful increases in natural resource funding, thanks to the budget proposed by Gov. Northam. […]
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 […]
This Wednesday, January 29, a key House Committee in the Virginia legislature will consider HB 1422, a bill that sets a 2025 deadline to fence cattle out of waterways and requires state funding to ensure farmers can afford it. Unfenced cattle destroy streambanks and valuable riparian buffers, and directly “deposit” manure and bacteria into the […]
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, […]
Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Shenandoah Riverkeeper Comments on DEQ Draft Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual
Read the comments on behalf of Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Shenandoah Riverkeeper (“Commenters”) regarding the above-referenced Guidance Manual. Commenters appreciate the opportunity to provide our perspective on the adequacy and applicability of the manual to assessing persistent pollution problems in the Shenandoah River watershed which continue to negatively affect and impair the public’s ability to […]
We have been working diligently for years to tackle the issue of nutrient pollution and the algae crisis it creates on the Shenandoah. Primarily, intense poultry and dairy operations create hundreds of millions of pounds of manure which causes runoff, triggering massive algae blooms year round, inhibiting recreational use and hurting aquatic life. Construction sites, failing urban infrastucture and outdated sewage treatment also contribute to the excessive nutrient pollution.
Goal: Get official government recognition of the Shenandoah’s algae problem due to nutrient pollution which triggers a requirement to start cleaning it up!
This campaign has multiple components and strategies:
- Listing Shenandoah as Impaired Due to Algae
- Get the Cattle Out Campaign
- Virginia Sewage Sludge Application Regulations
- Virginia Petition to Enforce Factory Farm (CAFOs) Permits
- Sewage and Industrial Discharge Reduction