Archive for January, 2011

Alright ladies and gentlmen just thought I would update everyone on our newest additions to the riverfest roster. We just added The Atkinsons, Future, and The Delta Saints, all amazing acts. Just click on the links to check em out. Go on, give it a try!



Alright ladies and gentlemen,

Here’s the update to the bands line-up for the Festival. We are just about booked solid except for waiting from the word back from our headliners. So now we have ( in no particular order) The shakedown, Steal The Prize, Jake and The Burtones, Allen Thompson Band, Ben Jordan, The Shamaicans, Momentary Prophets, 5 of a kind, Barcode, Ambrose Delimma, and Beau Morgan. We’ve got about 3 spots left, and hopefully they will be filled soon. Stay tuned for more info and ticket prices.


Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have officially got many good bands booked. Just though everyone should be aware that as of now we have the Allen Thompson Band, Ben Jordan, 5 of a kind, The Shakedown, Barcode, Steal The Prize, Ambrose Delimma, The Shamaicans, Jake and The Burtones, and The Captain Himself will be playing a set. Plus we have lots of other great bands in the works so make sure you do not miss the 2011 Shenandoah Riverside Festival because it’s going to be amazing. Check out for updates, ticket info and set times.


Our best online giving month EVER!
 Robin300px Happy New Year! I would like to thank each of you who gave an end of the year gift to Potomac Riverkeeper and Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Together, we raised 12% more at the end of 2010 than we did at the end of 2009, and December 2010 was our highest grossing month for online gifts EVER.

We are already using the funds to fuel a year of action–where we will continue to stop river pollution and bring our call for clean drinking water to 100,000 new people living in our area. Your gifts and efforts made our work possible.

There are still ways to leverage your donation in the coming days:

  • The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area has extended its current campaign deadline through MONDAY, January 17th (Potomac Riverkeeper and Shenandoah Riverkeeper are CFC #87828).
  • If you are at least 70 and 1/2 years old and giving directly from your IRA, your January 2011 gifts can be declared on your 2010 taxes. Consult your financial advisor.
  • Become a member and be part of an important year on the river!

Robin Broder
Vice President

Residents to gas companies: hands off our water supply!
Local residents and decision makers are shining a light on the threats to their local water supply from “fracking,” the new drilling method that extracts natural gas by pumping toxic chemicals into the ground. In West Virginia, Brent says people are coming together to keep the drilling companies out of their towns and away from their water supply, but they are being met with sluggish or even stifled responses from local and state governments. Meanwhile, in Maryland, State Delegate Heather Mizeur of Montgomery County has introduced a bill that aims to ban fracking in western Maryland until more is known about the risky practice. We will continue to support both the local residents in West Virginia and the efforts for Delegate Mizeur in the protection of their rivers.

For real-time updates on this issue visit or participate in these upcoming events:

  • Monday, January 17th, 6:00pm: Join Upper Potomac River Manager Brent Walls in Romney, WV for a special viewing and discussion of the eye-opening documentary on fracking, “Gasland.” Learn more
  • Tuesday, January 18th, 2:00pm or Wednesday, January 19th, 11:00am: Learn how you can get more involved by participating in a special webinar led by Julie Vastine of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring called “Marcellus Monitoring: The role of volunteers in baseline data collection.” Learn more

Welcoming new team member Ted Adams!
TedEarlier this month, Ted Adams joined our team as Program Director for our Pure Potomac program. Ted will spearhead efforts to bring our message of clean drinking water to a growing audience in 2011. Ted has spent over 15 years building and implementing successful cause-marketing partnerships and community engagement programs for organizations such as the playground-building nonprofit KaBOOM! and Rare, an international conservation group that equips local leaders with social-marketing tools to protect the world’s endangered species and habitat.

Ted brings a local perspective as a former Peace Corps volunteer and marketing and communications experience having worked with such brands as The Home Depot, OshKosh B’Gosh and General Mills, Welcome, Ted!

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I’m writing to let you know about the Virginia launch of Cox Conserves Heroes, a new conservation awards program created by The Trust for Public Land and Cox Communication that honors volunteers who work to create, preserve and improve the shared outdoor spaces in our communities.  We believe these behind-the-scenes heroes make our community a better, healthier place to live, and by showcasing them, we hope to inspire more people to take an active role in local conservation. 

I’m hoping you can help spread the word about the program to your circle of partners, friends and supporters.  A mention in your e-newsletter or a web/blog post would do the trick.  We’re accepting online nominations through January 31, after which, five finalists will be featured on  TV and online. The winner, chosen by public vote, will receive $5,000 to award to his or her favorite environmental nonprofit (the remaining four finalists each receive $1250 for their chosen nonprofit.)

In the markets where Heroes has run so far — Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans, San Francisco, and San Diego — the finalists’ nonprofits all have benefited greatly from the media exposure, regardless of who wins.  So here’s to one of your volunteers becoming a finalist!

For more information about the program:

And to nominate someone:

Eligibility FAQs


Shoshannah Flach
Electronic Marketing Manager
The Trust for Public Land

Alright folks,

Well here we are, 2nd week into January and for the most part still hitting the river fairly regularly. We were blessed with some decent weather the other day and it enabled us to go have some fun by the water. Myself and and excellent young man by the name of Levi went out for a few hours and got yet again an entire truck load of trash. Now it won’t seem like much from the pictures. For some reason I was preoccupied by good conversation and work to take pictures. I did however take one in the woods and one when we got home. After I had unloaded the entire truck full of black plastic at the recycling center in the landfill. So forgive me this time folks.

The weights  did however suggest that we unloaded 180 pounds of black plastic, and I’d say a good 200 pounds of other rubbish bringing our grand total for the day to 380 pounds. Not the usuall 1,000 but in our defense the plastic takes up alot of room, and we had a really great time. So untill next time folks. This is your Captain speaking. Keep supporting your local river clean-up.


Hello ladies and gentlemen. First off I would like to give a huge thank you to Chad Pregracke of Living Lands and Waters for making a very generous donation of 500 dollars all the way from illinios to help clean up the Shenandoah River. Secondly I would like to announce that we will be meeting on Sunday at noon at Redbanks bridge to clean the river for anyone who is interested. Please bring clothes that you dont mind getting dirty, a pair of gloves and a pair of waders if you have them. Thanks to all who support our mission.


North Fork just South of Edinburg

Ladies and gentlemen. Just thought that I would thank everyone once more for all the great time in 2010. This organization has come quite a bit further than I thought it would in the short year that it has been around. That is largely due to all the support we’ve received from all of our wonderful donors and volunteers, so give yourselves a huge pat on the back and know that it is because of you that we we’re able to pull over 27,000 pounds of trash from the Shenandoah River  with our limited resources.

For the New year we have got quite a few more tricks up our sleeves from a renewed knowledge of ways to more efficiently remove pollution to more tactful and better thought out fundraising. In the way of fundraising I’d like to go ahead and announce that the  2011 Shenandoah Riverside Festival will be held in the same place as it was last year, but we are pushing the weekend to the weekend of May 6-8th. I hope to see all of you there because the bands are going to be absolutely spectacular this year, and so is the great fun that is going to be had. So stay tuned because there is much much more from the minds of the folks at Earth Korps in store for everyone out there for the year 2011. May good luck be a factor in everyones life this year.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 84 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 616 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 133mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was July 23rd with 165 views. The most popular post that day was New Market Pull-Off.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for earth korps, burnshire dam, mouli cohen, earth korps blog, and hydrofracking.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


New Market Pull-Off July 2010


2 Men, 2 Trucks, Too much trash December 2010


23,984 Pound Summer. October 2010


Camp Ground Clean-up November 2010


One Last Shout for Captains Mothers Haunted Mansion. October 2010

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