Updates

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 12:00am

Proposed rules would lead to excessive farm-related pollution and hurt state’s efforts to clean up the Chesapeake and other waterways

SHADY SIDE, MD – WATERKEEPERS Chesapeake, a coalition of 18 waterway-protection groups, is calling on the state of Maryland to strengthen nutrient-management regulations currently under consideration and make sure that the new rules are based on sound science and enforceable best-management practices.

The proposed regulations will establish rules that farmers must follow in applying manure to fields, a critical issue in...

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

Our friends at American Rivers have put the Potomac at the top of America’s Most Endangered Rivers list.  With this year being the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, it is a good time to review some of the many pollution problems our river faces.

Thanks to the Clean Water Act, you no longer see and smell most of the problems in the river, and no president is currently calling the Potomac a “national disgrace,”...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 5:59pm

By Megan Buerger, The Washington Post, May 2, 2012

If the Potomac River has gotten more attention than the Anacostia in the past 50 years, it’s partly because the Potomac supplies 90 percent of the region’s drinking water. That amounts to an average of 486 million gallons a day, according to the Potomac Conservancy. The Potomac watershed, which includes 14,670 miles of land that drains to the river, covers parts of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District, Maryland and Virginia. In the 1950s, reports of stench and dangerous levels of pollution clouded the Potomac’...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 5:05pm

Set Sail for Clean WaterOn Saturday, April 28th, a group of Riverkeeper supporters and friends gathered at Gangplank Marina on the District’s Southwest Waterfront to participate in our Set Sail for Clean Water event, a community sailing race down the Washington Channel. The event was part of the...

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 1:31pm

April 27, 2012, Boyce, VA: Dozens of complaints were lodged today by Shenandoah Riverkeeper with Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requesting that the Shenandoah River be listed as impaired due to excessive algae blooms. These algae blooms which occur year-round on all segments of the river system violate Virginia’s nuisance aquatic plant life standard and interfere with the public’s recreational use of the river.

“In my role as Shenandoah Riverkeeper and as a professional fishing guide, I have witnessed severe algae blooms over several...

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 3:30pm

Great Falls

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 4:35pm

We are still interested in algae complaint letters from all river users and landowners along the Shenandoah North Fork, South Fork and Main Stem.  The algaes don't seem to be going away and I need your help doing something about it.

Background: Every year I hear endless citizen complaints about murky green Shenandoah River water, snot-grass or filamentous algae covering the bottom and smothering native grasses in the river, and floating algae clumps that smell.  I’m told the algae ruins people’s time, and diminishes their use and enjoyment of the river...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 1:10pm

Like many of you, we seek a future where the Potomac River is swimmable and our fish are healthy. Unfortunately, a bill introduced by Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Tim Holden (D-PA) would effectively block us from reaching that visionary future by rolling back protections made under the Clean Water Act for the Chesapeake Bay, and by extension, our precious Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 12:58pm

Congressman Goodlatte’s most recent bill, misleadingly named the "Chesapeake Bay Program Re-authorization and Improvement Act," is a failure of leadership.  Upon scrutiny, his bill is clearly intent on undermining the Chesapeake Bay Program not improving it. His bill attempts to remove federal oversight of Chesapeake Bay and local stream cleanup by dismantling bedrock principles of the Clean Water Act which a bi-partisan congress established 40 years ago and which has served as a worldwide model for water law. Federal oversight is a critical component of the law where...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:05am

Virginia was listed as the second-worst state for toxic chemicals dumped into its waterways, according to research released today by Environment Virginia, a statewide environmental advocacy group.

“The Shenandoah River serves to remind us what happens when industrial sites are allowed to pollute,” said Jeff Kelble, Shenandoah Riverkeeper, in a prepared statement. “Before we had the Clean Water Act in 1972, industries contaminated the river with mercury, PCB and other toxic chemicals. People are still unable to eat fish on over 100 miles of the Shenandoah because...

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