Updates

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 4:15pm
Local Conservation Groups Support U.S. Forest Service Decision to Keep GW National Forest Lands Off Limits to Gas Drilling and Fracking
 
Charlottesville, VA – Local conservation and community groups expressed support for today’s decision from the U.S. Forest Service to make the George Washington National Forest (GW) unavailable for oil and gas drilling, except for a small portion of the forest already under gas lease or subject to private mineral rights.
The long-...
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 3:22pm
*from our River Watch Fall 2015 Edition
 
Following two high-profile coal ash pond spills, one in Tennessee in 2008 and recently on the Dan River of North Carolina, water advocates are alarmed at the imminent harm these coal ash disposal facilities pose to our rivers and streams. 
 
Coal ash ponds are unlined or clay-lined man-made ponds used to store ashes from burning coal in coal-fired power plants. These open ponds collect rainwater, creating a toxic sludge of water, coal ash, and heavy metals such as arsenic, barium...
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 3:20pm
You see it, you smell it, and you hate it. 
“Rock snot”, as many of our members 
call it, is among the 
 
top 3 complaints we receive. 
 
Trying to understand this issue? Picture this: it’s finally the weekend, the weather is perfect, and you head down to the beach to kick back and relax for the day. Just when you thought you were finally catching a break you show up at the beach to see those long piles of seaweed (marine algae) piled up in multiple rows at the high tide line...
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 3:17pm
*from our River Watch Summer Edition
 
Who wants to share their swimming or fishing hole with a herd of cows?
 
In our last newsletter, we introduced you to our “Get The Cattle Out Campaign,” in which Shenandoah Riverkeeper identified and documented every single place that cattle have access to and wallow in the North Fork, South Fork and Main Stem Shenandoah.  Our first step in that campaign was to send letters to owners of each of the 73 herds we found, or the land that they graze on, notifying them of the...
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 3:13pm
*from our River Watch Spring 2014 Edition
 
Over the years, Shenandoah and Potomac Riverkeeper have received numerous complaints from its members and the public about cattle in the Shenandoah River. 
 
Shenandoah Riverkeeper identified 73 herds with direct access to the North Fork, South Fork, and mainstem Shenandoah River. A seemingly harmless or even healthy activity for the animals, cattle access causes tremendous damage to river banks and overall river health. It also poses a health risk to recreational users. When...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:10pm

 

We are not ashamed to admit we have temporarily failed to get official recognition of the Shenandoah River's algae issues because we have just gotten started with this issue.
In a two step process we could have either achieved recognition by Virginia or by EPA which oversees Virginia's impaired listing process. Virginia and EPA both...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 11:07am

 

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...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 1:29pm
NEWS RELEASE: October 16, 2014
 
CONTACT: 
Kathleen Sutcliffe, Earthjustice, 212-845-7380 (office), 202-384-7157 (cell) ksutcliffe@earthjustice.org
Kelly Trout, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, 717-439-0346 (cell), 240-396-2022 (office), kelly@chesapeakeclimate.org
 
In First Step of Legal Battle, Groups Challenge Cove Point LNG Export Project’s Federal Approval
Environmental and community advocates file legal...
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 9:45am
For Immediate Release
 
October 2, 2014
 
Sarah Rispin, Potomac Riverkeeper: 202-556-2930, sarah@potomacriverkeeper.org
Peter Cleary, Waterkeeper Alliance: 212-737-0622, ext. 154, pcleary@waterkeeper.org
Angie Rosser, West Virginia Rivers Coalition: 304-637-7201, arosser@wvrivers.org
 
STATEMENT OF POTOMAC RIVERKEEPER, INC.,
WEST VIRGINIA RIVERS COALITION and WATERKEEPER
ALLIANCE ON...
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:07am
For Immediate Release: September 17, 2014 
 
Contact:
Greg Buppert, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center, gbuppert@selcva.org, 434-977-4090
Glen Besa, Director of Virginia Chapter, Sierra Club, glen.besa@sierraclub.org, 804-387-6001
Sarah Rispin, General Counsel and Potomac Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc.,...
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