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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I listened to a speech filled with eye-opening facts about the importance of monitoring the Potomac & Shenandoah River watersheds, and how hard-working, everyday, innocent but uninformed people are polluting our waters in hundreds of small ways, but in the aggregate, making our waters impure. Thank you, Andrea Young, PRK board member for your informative message delivered with invitation rather than inflammation. We need PRK!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been moved by what Potomac Riverkeeper has done to clean and educate our community. I would be happy to support in anyway I can!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of the work of the Potomac Riverkeeper through one of their Board members. She gave a moving speech about the importance of clean water.