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May 1, 2010
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May 1, 2010
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PRK stops pollution by direct confrontation, and if necessary, lawsuits against polluters. Sometimes our precious Potomac needs bold action, and that is us! For example, PRK has lawsuits pending against the largest poultry producers in the Shenandoah Valley. Working with farmers, we have a lighter touch, attempting to persuade them and tap into sources of funding for farm improvements. Closer to DC, we sue sloppy sewage treatment facilities, sue to get better stormwater permitting requirements -- it goes on and on. A lot of organizations talk about cleaner rivers and Bay, but you gotta get down with the polluters and deal with them directly.

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

I am an avid kayaker, canoe camper and fisher. The stuff making its way into the river is scary and disgusting, so reducing it cool.

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

PRK is not just talk.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

Among the many aspects of my very satisfying volunteer relationship with PRK over the past three+ years, I recently had the opportunity to work with a staff member at a local Whole Foods market. On this particular day, this store and two others in the area, was donating 5% of its intake to PRK. I found it very rewarding to thank people for making a donation, some of whom did not realize they were making. I also enjoyed telling people about what we do and why we do it.

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

Working with the very competent staff in addressing PRK's mission.

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

Very dedicated to the vision and mission of the organization.

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

Do so much more towards cleaning up the water in the Potomac Watershed! We would have the funding to launch a major educational effort, letting people know about the pollution in the watershed, what it means to them, and what they can do about it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 27, 2010

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April 27, 2010

Potomac Riverkeeper is one of the most effective organizations I have been involved with. It has grown from one staffer to seven in a very short time (8 years). I think this is because it has such a powerful mission (stopping pollution of the Potomac and its tributaries) and such a hardworking, smart staff (and board). The organization accomplishes its mission primarily through enforcement, that is monitoring polluters and

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

seeing actual reductions in pollutants going into the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.

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

having a part in growing the organization.

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

very motivated and hardworking.

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

get the message out that everyone of us benefits from a clean, healthy river, and that it is essential that all of us support this cause!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

The dedication of the incredibly motivated and committed staff and board and membership of PRK and SRK (PRK has purview over both the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers) is unparalleled in my experience. The mission, to keep pollution out of our rivers, sounds simple. But it is an enormous task. PRK believes that all who depend on the waters of the Potomac and Shenandoah for drinking, cleansing, recreating, watering of livestock and crops, and pure aesthetic enjoyment should be able to use this life-giving resource without fear of contamination or danger to one's self or one's loved ones. This organization works tirelessly to both insist on the enforcement of the Clean Water Act as well as to promote the education and encouragement of the community at large. PRK is making a tangible, real-time difference in the lives and health of those using the waters. What I find most exciting, however, is that PRK is not content just to focus on small things, or part of the problem. PRK's goal is to clean up the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers. In their entirety. To that end, it is constantly monitoring the rivers and tributaries, constantly educating itself, constantly learning, constantly meeting with stakeholders, constantly reaching out to the public, constantly, vigilantly striving to exceed expectations. It is a distinct honor to be associated with this amazing organization, which truly deserves to be one of the top-rated environmental nonprofits.

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

my everyday life, and in how I view and approach water as a resource. PRK's work has caused a paradigm shift in how I appreciate water and our dependence on it.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to find the funds to increase staff and 'oomph'.

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

The bright, passionate, dedicated individuals associated with it, as staff, board members, and general membership. They come from all backgrounds and all political persuasions, but are united in their vision of a clean, healthy, vibrant river system.

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

Amazing. Educated, dedicated, focused, passionate. They truly believe in what they are working for. This is not a job to them, it is a life's calling.

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

methodically target point source pollution and runoff, but also effectively focus on pesticide contaminants and endocrine disruptors which impact all of our health, and in particular, fetal and childhood development. Every $ would continue to be precious.

Ways to make it better...

PRK had more funds. Significantly more funds. The task at hand is huge. Passion to reach the goal is ever high, but monetary resources would dramatically increase the ability of PRK to expand its work and reach and maintain its goals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funds, and visibility/exposure. And lack of resources to hire the staff it needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We are learning that health is directly linked to what we ingest. Water is a 'must-have' resource. It is no longer just an issue about nutrient runoff, but also an issue of chemical toxification of our water. PRK is putting this issue on the front burner

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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