BRENT WALLS, UPPER POTOMAC RIVERKEEPER

Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper

BRENT WALLS

"Being a Riverkeeper is not just a job, it's a way of life. For ten years, I have immersed myself in the passion of protecting rivers and streams and I can not imagine doing anything else."

Brent Walls Bio

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Upper Potomac River Projects

Big Springs Filtration Plant & Firefighting Chemical Contamination

EPA issued a lifetime health advisory (LHA) in 2016 that gave a limit of 70 parts per trillion for PFOS and PFOAs, two chemicals commonly used in firefighting foam and sometimes found in drinking water. While this advisory does not set legally enforceable standards, it is typically used by public water utilities to alert their […]

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RiverPalooza

RiverPalooza 2017

RiverPalooza 2017 was 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 kicked 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 […]

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Clean Water is Under Attack

The Administration has directed the EPA to take sweeping measures to undo clean water protections under the Clean Water Rule intended to safeguard the health of our rivers, streams and wetlands. The announcement to repeal the Clean Water Rule represents one of the most serious assaults on our water resources in decades. What is the […]

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No Potomac Pipeline Campaign

In 2016, behind the scenes, without public input, a West Virginia gas company called Mountaineer Gas quietly laid the groundwork for a fracked gas pipeline that would threaten the Potomac River and the National Park Service’s C&O Canal, one of the most visited national parks. Residents in Morgan County, WV became aware of the pipeline […]

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Hog Factory Farm on Big Cove Creek

A small community is fighting against a large hog Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) or factory farm in Fulton County, PA. This factory-like facility would be the largest in the county and would house close to 9,000 hogs, while confining sows to production of 9,600 piglets each month – or 115,200 piglets annually. With this […]

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Don’t Frack Maryland Campaign

The far western panhandle of Maryland is beautiful country, graced by deep lakes, wild forests and of course the Upper Potomac River. Unfortunately it also contains a slice of the Marcellus Shale, the geologic basin that has been the target of the hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” industry in neighboring Pennsylvania and West Virginia for years. The […]

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Savage River Wild & Scenic Campaign

In September 2016, Potomac Riverkeeper Network launched a new campaign to have the Savage River in Western Maryland designated as Wild and Scenic by Congress, under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This designation would provide additional protections against pollution and development on the Savage, helping to preserve this incredible river for future generations. With […]

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Fair Farms Campaign, Working Together for a New Food System!

In 2015, Potomac Riverkeeper Network joined with Waterkeepers Chesapeake and several other groups to launch Fair Farms, a movement of Marylanders of all stripes, working together for a new food system — one that is fair to farmers, invests in homegrown healthy foods, and restores our waterways instead of polluting them. The Fair Farms Campaign brings […]

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Maryland’s Public Information Act & Nutrient Management Plans

“Confidential” business plans for farmers, or what we refer to as Nutrient Management Plans, go against the Maryland Public Information Act, preventing public access to necessary information to safeguard our rivers from nutrient pollution that exceeds permitted limits. Currently, citizens only have access to nutrient information about Combined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), commonly refer to […]

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Upper Potomac River Commission (UPRC) Wastewater Treatment Plant

UPRC operates under permits which allow for discharges that exceed normal TMDL’s (a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards) through the use of “mixing zones”. UPRC’s mixing zones emit discharges directly into a section of the river commonly used for cold water […]

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