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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 3:57pm

Berkeley County, WV –A coalition of organizations representing environmental, historical and community interests filed an appeal today in Berkeley County Circuit Court challenging a permit to allow quarrying on North Mountain, the visual backdrop of historic Gerrardstown and a crucial source of water for Mill Creek. After carefully reviewing the Surface Mine Board’s final ruling on North Mountain Shale’s quarry permit, Potomac Riverkeeper, along with Washington Heritage Trail, Inc. and Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church, filed the appeal because of two key...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 6:15pm

Halltown, WV – On Monday, Shenandoah Riverkeeper and Potomac Riverkeeper officially settled their Federal Clean Water Act lawsuit with Ox Paperboard. Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble states, "We are pleased with the settlement. Ox Paperboard provides a green service to the community and the company’s leaders rescued a failing business several years ago and saved local jobs. Yet, before the settlement there remained an ongoing issue with toxic discharges to Flowing Springs Run which had continued in violation of the law for far too long."

In the settlement, Ox...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 10:53am

To kick off the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Potomac Riverkeeper Ed Merrifield talks about the importance of and the recent threats to the historic act.

In the early 1970s, when it became clear that the individual states were not going to do anything about their rivers catching on fire, about fisheries disappearing, about green slime forming on rivers and...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 4:36pm

Despite strong local opposition and compelling expert testimony advising against the development of a shale quarry that would overshadow the historic town of Gerrardstown, WV, the West Virginia Surface Mine Board issued its approval for a permit allowing North Mountain Shale to operate its proposed quarry. The local community remains concerned that polluted runoff from the industrial operation could contaminate the drinking water supply.

“This pastoral, idyllic community set with the beautiful backdrop of North Mountain, is the next community in West Virginia that will be...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 1:35pm

In an effort to challenge what they call the next threat to America’s energy independence, environmental health, and family economics, a coalition of environmental organizations has filed comments with the U.S. Department of Energy challenging a proposal that would allow the Dominion Cove Point LNG facility to export natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries, many in Asia and the Middle East.

“LNG facilities like the one proposed for Cove Point are intended to ship natural gas extracted in this country off to foreign lands. The result is that gas drillers can...

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 3:33pm

Under Virginia Governor McDonnell’s proposed 2012-2013 budget, funding would be stripped for the state’s annual membership dues to the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB). Additionally, legislation introduced to the Virginia House of...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:53pm

Nearly four years ago, Potomac Riverkeeper along with the Environmental Integrity Project notified Mirant (now GenOn), owner of the Morgantown coal-fired power plant, that unless it cleaned up and stopped polluting the waters around its coal ash dump site in Faulkner, Maryland, the matter would be taken to court.  As it turned...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 11:36am

This weekend, while the icy waters of the Potomac and Shenandoah will keep some boats off the river, hundreds of river lovers will be out picking up trash, repairing river banks, and removing invasive plants that threaten our shorelines and our water quality. These community service projects are part of a...

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 3:35pm

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Spring 2012

We love our volunteers and rely on you to help ensure healthier local rivers and streams.  Please consider volunteering your brains, your brawn, your creativity, your connections, and your passion this...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 5:44pm

 

Alex Prud'homme is a New York Times Best-selling author who recently wrote The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the 21st Century.  Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble is highlighted in chapter 7. Alex had this to say about the importance of our work…

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