Potomac Riverkeeper Network

1615 M St NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20036
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group-iconYou may not hear much about them, but the Potomac Riverkeepers are constantly working behind the scenes to clean up the Potomac River and keep it that way.

The Riverkeepers monitor the river, run tests, follow up on pollution reports, and use litigation when necessary to keep pollutors from ruining the Potomac River — the source of local drinking water, recreational activities, and wildlife habitat.

Recent Local Issue: Coal Ash Waste Water Dumping at Possum Point Power Station near Leesylvania Park

In January 2016 the Riverkeepers filed a lawsuit against Dominion Virginia Power to keep them from dumping more than 150 million gallons of toxic coal ash waste water into the river.

From their website:

“PRKN is using litigation and grassroots political outreach to push for a full cleanup of Possum Point’s coal ash pollution, investigation of Dominion’s handling of coal ash, and the excavation and removal of all coal ash at the site to a lined landfill away from the Potomac River.  Our goal is to make sure these toxic coal ash ponds are no longer a threat to Quantico Creek, the Potomac and public drinking water supplies.”

Read more about the Possum Point Power Station issue here.

Recent Local Issue: Thousands of Gallons of Oil Spilled near the Pentagon

In February 2016 Dominion Virginia Power spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Potomac River and the Roaches Run Waterfowl Refuge.

Read more about the Oil Spill here.

Join or learn more about the Potomac Riverkeeper Network.