Friday 14 December 2018

All that feces being produced saturates the Eastern Shore with phosphorus and nitrogen, said Betsy Nicholas, executive director of the organization Waterkeepers Chesapeake.

“A little bit of chicken manure can be great. You can use it as a fertilizer,” she said. “But when you have too much, it runs off into our waterways, causing excess pollution.” Nicholas said the pollution can kill fish, create algae blooms, and even affect the waterways that provide drinking water to the Baltimore and Washington metro areas. The new bill would require the companies that own the birds to clean up the waste in an environmentally friendly way.

READ MORE: WYPR 88.1 FM, February 23, 2016

An oil sheen that coated 8 miles of the Potomac River at its peak and killed 21 birds has been linked to a coolant leak at a Dominion Virginia Power facility, officials said on Friday.

The sheen appeared as the snow that had blanketed the Washington, DC, region in late January began to melt. Officials initially suggested it could be oily runoff from streets and parking lots. But Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks said he received a tip linking the oil sheen to a spill at the Dominion facility.

READ MORE: Bay Journal, February 12, 2016

Virginia environmentalists and fishermen protested the state's approval, saying water from the ash ponds might be unhealthy for humans and detrimental to wildlife.

"All the concerns we raised were basically ignored," said Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper for the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, a watchdog environmental group. The riverkeeper and Prince William County's Board of Supervisors also have appealed the state's decision.

READ MORE: Baltimore Sun, February 16, 2016