Updates

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 9:04am

Dear Friends,

I’m writing today to give you the news that in his tenth year as Potomac Riverkeeper and head of our organization, Ed Merrifield is announcing he’ll be retiring at the end of the year. Under Ed’s tenure, Potomac Riverkeeper has become a leading organization in the enforcement of clean water laws and the restoration of our rivers and streams. Whether it’s removing lead from Great Seneca Creek, reducing discharges from wastewater...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 9:00am

Dear Friends,

I want to let you know that I will be retiring at the end of this year. For the past ten years, this full-time job has been all-the-time work and I am now ready to slow my pace and enjoy this magnificent river we’ve been protecting.

I have had the privilege of working with incredible people, including our members, who understand the importance of healthy rivers and streams and are dedicated to making a real difference. For this I am truly grateful.

Leaving an organization where I once was a staff of one is not easy, but thanks to a great board of...

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 9:39am

The Potomac River: #1 Most Endangered River, DC's Stormwater Permits, Shenandoah Valley's Waste Water Treatment Plants, and Many Summer Activities!

Read the Newsletter here!

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:00am

Requires pollution reduction for Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek

Washington, D.C. – Clean water advocates reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a clean water permit for Washington, D.C. that will require the city to develop a plan for reducing its discharges of polluted stormwater to clean up local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

This agreement resolves a legal challenge to the permit filed in November by public interest law firm Earthjustice (representing Anacostia Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, and Friends of...

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

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