Ox Paperboard: Did You Think No One Would Notice?
Shenandoah Riverkeeper and Potomac Riverkeeper served a notice of intent to Ox Paperboard, LLC. Our message is clear: stop polluting the Shenandoah River or face a citizen lawsuit in 60 days. Ox Paperboard has repeatedly, and illegally, polluted our water supply for nearly three years. In January and February of 2010, for instance, Ox Paperboard exceeded the legal limits of a pollution limit by over 12,000%…TWICE!
We tried to work with Ox Paperboard for well over a year before we took this legal action. When polluters violate the law and threaten our water supply, they need to stop and pay for their pollution. Under the Clean Water Act, each violation is subject to fines up to $32,500 per day. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.
Special Delivery: Nutrient Pollution!
Riverwatcher John Mathwin sent us this photo, taken earlier this month near Great Falls. Jeff’s reaction: there is a LOT more phosphorous and nitrogen being transported into the bay than the sampling numbers say. There is a tremendous amount being transported in the organic plant material carried down during high water events. The decay of this material is leading to the oxygen depleted zones in our rivers and the bay.
We say photos like the one here demonstrate how much more we must do to protect our water supply!
Check Out Gasland
The “fracking” method of mining for natural gas is being hailed as a breakthrough in energy technology, but what good is gas when it destroys your drinking water? Join Jeff Kelble, the Shenandoah Riverkeeper, and Brent Walls, the Upper Potomac River Manager, for a Q&A at two showings of Gasland, the documentary every person living in the Marcellus Shale should see.
TODAY–December 16th, 2010
with Jeff Kelble
7:00pm | More info
Monday, January 17th, 2011
with Brent Walls
Hampshire County Public Library
6:00pm | More info
Businesses Give Back!
Responsible businesses are rallying behind our mission. These businesses know that our brand of community-building activities and pollution-busting enforcement works. Check out newest sponsors and support them, too!
City Sports just opened a new store in Georgetown (3338 M Street NW) and is offering a great way to do some last minute holiday shopping AND support Potomac Riverkeeper. All you have to do is purchase an item from the store. City Sports is donating $1 per transaction to one of three local charities and we’re one of them!
Community Bank of Tri-County helps the Environment. Starting soon, the bank will give a donation to Potomac Riverkeeper on your behalf if you switch to paperless monthly statements.
Keeper Springs became a major corporate donor this year. They also won a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in DC. Signs throughout the DHHS cafeteria will advertise Keeper Springs’ support of Potomac Riverkeeper.
Two Shenandoah Valley Outfitters, Downriver Canoe Company and Shenandoah River Outfitters, made generous contributions to our Shenandoah River Conservation Fund.
Lululemon Athletica recently held a fundraiser for Potomac Riverkeeper at their Georgetown store!
When you’re figuring out what to buy and who to buy from, remember the businesses who put their profits to work protecting clean water!
Help Us Carry Our Mission into 2011!
Over the last decade, Potomac Riverkeeper has built a reputation for stopping pollution and protecting our water supply, and that reputation runs on support from caring members like you. Over the last year, we defended our water supply by doing what nobody else does: holding polluters accountable for their messes and pressuring state and local governments to enforce clean water laws.
If we are going to ensure clean drinking water for ourselves and our families, however, we must reach out to a wider swath of the six million people living in our region. That work begins now, in the closing days of 2010. Will you help us reach 100,000 new people in 2011 by sending a holiday gift to Potomac Riverkeeper?
Have Happy Holidays! We’ll see you in 2011!