Earlier this month, we made the difficult decision to withdraw from our appeal of a West Virginia federal district court decision in Alt v. EPA, a case about how much of the operations of a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) is covered by the Clean Water Act. This decision was a tough one: In our opinion, in a poorly reasoned decision, the judge in that case opened up a potentially dangerous loophole in the Act’s coverage of CAFO’s—operations that contribute mightily to water degradation in the Shenandoah and Upper Potomac. However, the...
Conservation Groups Uncover Decades of Coal Ash Pollution Leaking Into Potomac River from Dominion's Possum Point Power Plant
SAMPLE ALGAE COMPLAINT LETTER
John M. Kennedy
DEQ Office of Water Monitoring and Assessment
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1105
RE: Draft 2014 305(b)/303(d) Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report
Dear Mr. Kennedy,
I am writing to request that Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality add the North Fork, South Fork and Main Stem of the Shenandoah as impaired waters on thee 2014 305(b)3/303(d) Water Quality Assessment Integrated...
Are you tired of the algae in the Shenandoah River? I know I am, and I need your help doing something about it. On August 5th, 2014 Shenandoah Riverkeeper initiated a legal challenge (litigation) against the United States Environmental Protection Agency to compel them to do something about our algae problems.
NOW IS THE TIME TO BE HEARD.
Background: Every year I hear endless citizen complaints about murky green Shenandoah River water, snot-grass or slimy algae covering the bottom of the river, floating algae clumps that smell,...
Brendan Young, Algae Research Specialist for Shenandoah Riverkeeper writes to share his insight on the excessive threat of algae affecting the Shenandoah River, and his research analysis on the various types of algal blooms and the toxins they produce. Click the attachments below to read our full scientific reports.
Algae – We all know that it is a natural part of the ecosystem that manifests itself in our waterways. We’ve seen the large hairy strands, bubbly mats, and the greenish hue it turns our rivers, lakes, and other mass...
Shenandoah Riverkeeper Files Notice of Intent to Sue EPA for Failure to Address Algae in Shenandoah River
Shenandoah Riverkeeper Files Notice of Intent to Sue EPA
for Failure to Address Algae in Shenandoah River
WASHINGTON, DC – Public outcry arose last week over a water ban in Toledo, Ohio due to toxic algae blooms. But the threat from nuisance or toxic algae is not confined to the Midwest. Shenandoah Riverkeeper has worked for four years to push the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to officially recognize severe annual algae blooms...