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
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
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:07am
For Immediate Release: September 17, 2014 
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




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. 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.
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, etc...
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...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 4:34pm


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...

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 8:53am

Our first year participating in #SwimmableWater Weekend was a success! We would like to thank everyone who participated in this social media awareness campaign. Here at Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc. we support drinkable, swimmable, and fishable water for all of DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. We are always humbled to see the memories our work helps to create for folks who adore the water as much as we do! Check out the submissions below:


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