Sunday 19 May 2019

Waterkeepers in the News (173)

Enjoy these recent news articles, videos and other media mentions about our member Waterkeepers.

"We believe we're right on the law, that it does not comply with the Clean Water Act, does not have adequate protections of the river. Unfortunately we didn't convince the water board of that yesterday," said SELC Senior Attorney Brad McLane. Read more:, Janaury 15, 2016 Press Statement from the James River Association:On January 14, 2016, the State Water Control Board approved the permit to release 356 million gallons of wastewater from coal ash ponds at the Dominion Bremo Power Station into the James River. The permit limits set by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality are as much as fifteen times higher than for toxic metals than those proposed for dewatering coal ash ponds in neighboring states. The permit also includes the use of a mixing zone within the James River to meet the state’s water quality standards. During the public comment period on the draft permit, the James River Association joined with hundreds of citizens from across the watershed to voice concerns about the permit, and addressed the Board directly during the hearing.“The James River Association is deeply disappointed by the permit approval without additional protections for the James River,” said Bill Street, CEO for the James River Association. “We believe our James River deserves the same level of protections as other waters from the toxic pollution contained in coal ash.”Downstream of historic Bremo Bluff, river users frequently fish, paddle, tube and swim. During parts of the year, the hot water discharge from the power plant attracts…
Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks said his organization, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, plans to appeal the decision at Possum Point, and SELC has opposed the permits at both sites. “The water board got it wrong,” Naujoks said on his way back from the hearing in Richmond on Thursday. “They failed the public today.” Read more: Bay Journal, Whitney Pipkin, January 14, 2016
Read about Carol Parenzan, the new Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper: "The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper’s aim," said Parenzan, "is to provide strong advocacy that will result in an improved quality of life for all citizens, whether they rely on the Susquehanna for drinking water or recreation, or whether they simply value the river’s continued well-being. In short, she said, "It is my job to be the voice and advocate for the river and its tributaries and speak up on her behalf to assure that she is protected at all times in order to provide swimmable, drinkable, and fishable waters for her communities." "Susquehanna River’s branches have a vocal defender," The Daily Item, December 12, 2015 (article & video)