2024 Legislative Priorities in MD & VA

Potomac Riverkeeper Network Legislative Priorities 2024

Maryland Priorities The Clean Water Justice Act SB 653/HB1101 Senator Malcolm Augustine (D-47) Prince George’s County) & Delegate Sara Love (D-16 Montgomery County) The Clean Water Justice Act would help to restore rights lost under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA by giving Marylanders the right to enforce state clean water laws. … Read More

PFAS Webinar

Lunch and Learn PFAS Information Webinar

Please join Please join Betsy Nicholas, and Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls, and Sen. Jeremy McPike along with scientific and environmental policy experts on December 12, noon to 1 p.m. for a Lunch and Learn PFAS Information Webinar for legislators in VA. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are toxic chemicals that pose significant risks to … Read More

Action Alert

Take Action: Alma Plant

We need your help – and so does the Shenandoah! The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (Valley Regional Office) drafted a permit for the Alma Plant (automobile scrap recycling facility) in Stanley, Virginia (Page County) proposing to drain their on-site lagoons into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. This is industrial stormwater associated with current recycling … Read More

Press Release

PRKN Sues Alexandria for Violations of Federal Environmental Law

Unlawful Discharge of Coal Tar Pollutants from Oronoco Street Outfall Contributes to Imminent and Substantial Endangerment to Human Health and Environment Washington, D.C. – May 10 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) yesterday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the City of Alexandria for its continued discharges of toxic coal tar waste into the Potomac … Read More

Press Release

Virginia Governor’s Pick for Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources Condemned by Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Andrew Wheeler Gutted Environmental Protections as Trump’s EPA Head Washington, D.C. – January 6 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) condemns Gov-elect Glenn Youngkin’s nomination of former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources, who during his tenure at EPA under former President Trump, was responsible for significantly rolling back protections for … Read More

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 … Read More

Press Release

Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Hailed by Shenandoah Riverkeeper

Years of Diligent Advocacy Yields Major Victory Ending Environmentally Dangerous and Unnecessary Pipeline Washington, D.C. – July 6 – Shenandoah Riverkeeper and Potomac Riverkeeper Network enthusiastically applaud the cancellation by Dominion Energy and Duke Energy of their Atlantic Coast Pipeline project which would have impacted pristine Shenandoah River headwater streams and crossed miles of national … Read More

Allegheny Blue Ridge Alliance

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative

While Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf continues to work with the Southern Environmental Law Center and other environmental organizations to challenge the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in the courts, he has also been working with the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance to develop its Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI). The purpose of this is to ensure … Read More