Join Us at Our Rally in Annapolis to Oppose Potomac Fracked Gas Pipeline Threatening the Drinking Water for Millions

Join us the evening of February 15 with concerned citizens of Maryland, Washington, DC, West Virginia and Virginia as we raise our voices in a rally on Lawyer’s Mall (in front of the State House), and then march to encircle the Governor’s Mansion! We will rally at Lawyer’s Mall and then march to the Mansion where we … Read More

Mettiki Coal

Public Hearing on Reissuance of Clean Water Act Discharge Permit for Mettiki Coal Set for March 24

The Mettiki Coal operation in Western Maryland is suspected of periodically discharging contaminated water which makes its way into drinking wells and the North Branch of the Potomac River. Past inspections have shown evidence of possible metals pollution. The Mettiki facility has submitted a request for a reissuance of its Clean Water Act discharge (NPDES) permit … Read More

Imagine A Day Without Water

Imagine A Day Without Water — October 21st

The Potomac River provides clean, safe drinking water to almost 6 million people within the river basin. Close to 100 million gallons of water are taken from the river and transported to homes, schools, restaurants, hospitals, and dozens of other businesses and amenities daily1. This water is used for drinking, cooking, cleaning, showering, and removing … Read More

Shenandoah Watershed Compact

More than 300,000 of us live in the Shenandoah watershed. Our interests in the river are at times both complementary and competing. As economies in the Shenandoah Valley change, so do the challenges and pressures facing water resources. Both urban and rural areas generate pollutant loads that compromise local waters and those downstream, such as … Read More

We Are On the Beat Protecting Your Right to Clean Water

As a lover of the beautiful Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, you already know that Potomac Riverkeeper Network works every day to stop pollution to protect the rivers you depend on as your drinking water source, as habitat for the birds and wildlife you love, and for good, clean fun like kayaking and paddleboarding. Thank you … Read More

River Cleanup Volunteers

Potomac Watershed Clean Up Initiative

Help Us Keep the Potomac Trash-Free Join us at National Harbor or Alexandria Waterfront! From April to October, we have clean up events – the second Saturday of the month at National Harbor and the third Sunday of the month at Oronoco Park at the Alexandria Waterfront.   For National Harbor – 2nd Saturday of … Read More

Water Justice

The mission of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network is to protect the public’s right to clean water.  To me, this necessarily includes the concept of Water Justice. What is water justice, and why is it important? We all agree, or we should, that every person on the planet has a right to clean water. I could … Read More

water drop graphic

Imagine A Day Without Water

Go ahead – imagine a day without water. It’s easy to think of terrible examples — hospitals, schools, firefighting companies. Devastating.  But imagine closer to home: you wake up and that first glass of water isn’t there. Neither is the shower, no brushing your teeth. No tea or coffee. And that’s just the first 45 … Read More

PRKN Announces Award Winners for Service to Clean Water

Washington, D.C. – August 1 –Potomac Riverkeeper Network revealed the winners of its annual “Service to Clean Water” awards today, Nancy Stoner, President of Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN), announced today.  “These recipients work tirelessly to protect our right to clean water.  We are truly honored to recognize their contribution to PRKN and to all six … Read More