Updates

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.,...
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:03am
Clean Water Advocates Petition for Better Controls on Virginia Factory Farm Pollution
 
Virginia has more than 100 large chicken and hog factory farm operations, but not one has a required federal Clean Water Act water pollution control permit that would reduce runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. 
 
For Immediate Release:  September 18, 2014.
 
The Environmental Integrity Project, the Assateague Coastal...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 8:23am

 

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...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 1:48pm
Are you tired of the algae in the Shenandoah River? I know I am, and I need your help doing something about it. This is your LAST CHANCE to be heard on this issue. The state is finalizing it's 2014 list of impaired waters, the Shenandoah is not listed once again.  And we need you to write us a brief letter about your negative experiences with "snot grass" and algae.  In August we filed the first step in a lawsuit to compel EPA to make up their mind about whether or not they will make Virginia list the
 
NOW IS THE TIME TO BE HEARD....
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 9:22am

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...

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