POTOMAC RIVERKEEPER INCORPORATED

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 1100 15th Street, NW 11th floor Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission: The mission of Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc. (PRK) is to stop pollution and to restore clean water in the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and their tributaries through enforcement and community engagement. Potomac Riverkeeper was founded in 2000 and first staffed in 2003. PRK is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance. Potomac Riverkeeper was formed by leading regional environmental groups and environmental leaders who wanted the strong advocacy and enforcement on the Potomac for which Riverkeepers are known. Potomac Riverkeeper fills a niche in the region as an on-the-water presence and a strong voice for and defender of the river and its tributaries,
Programs: Potomac Riverkeeper has two Riverkeepers (Potomac and Shenandoah) who are on-the-water defenders and advocates for the river. PRK's main programs are: Clean Water Enforcement Program. The goals of the Clean Water Enforcement Program are to 1) identify and prioritize major pollution problems on the Potomac and its tributaries; 2) seek polluter compliance with environmental laws; 3) promote law reform; and 4) promote government accountability for enforcement and compliance. Healthy Rivers = Healthy Communities Program. Goals of this program are to 1) prevent pollution; 2) raise community awareness; 3) build partnerships to help achieve other strategic objectives; and 4) engage members and the public.
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EIN 54-1982624
(202) 222-0707
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Except for the past few years, I have had very little experience in environmental activities. I am a senior citizen, retired teacher and project administrator.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their creating a staff position for Western Maryland. They also served as a financial pass through institution for our watershed group before we attained our own 501 (c)(3) status/

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff who are informed, educated, and concerned professionals who give honest responses to inquiries as they help you solve your problems.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

See above box. I am thinking of Teddy 'Roosevelt's maxim,"Speak softly but carry a big stick," and how that applies to some of the staff I know. Others are more like "Crusaders", which is fine too.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create more watershed staff positions in needed areas. Sponsor more area learning seminars. Strengthen the legal portion so more cases can be undertaken.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My first exposure to PRK was when I was recruited to help solicit donations of goods and services for its annual silent and live auction. The first thing that struck me was the recognition and respect I received from each company on the list as soon as I identified myself as a representative of PRK. I often heard that the business in question would do anything it could to help the organization with its mission. And these for me were cold calls -- people I did not know took extra time to tell me how grateful they were for the people at PRK. In terms of working directly with PRK staff and other volunteers, I find them to be bound by a single thread: passion for the beautiful rivers it serves. The sense of stewardship and responsibility to future generations is very inspiring.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Other than the knowledge that I'm supporting something big and incredibly important, the wonderful spirit of the staff and volunteers shines. They've got their work cut out for them, but they stay "up" about it all.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent, funny, compassionate, energetic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Establish an endowment that could see PRK operating far into the future, for which there is great need. The work they do is not going to get any easier...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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