Thursday 21 February 2019

“For a period of time, the river would be out of compliance with the state’s own water quality standards,” said Pat Calvert, Upper Riverkeeper for the James River Association. “Our concern is that human life and aquatic life are not protected by the discharges that would be coming out of the end of the pipe.”

"We believe it can be reduced to zero, what comes out of the end of the pipe," said Calvert. "The technology is there to fix it. It’s affordable, achievable, proven technology. They’re supposed to be using best available technology, and we’re asking the state require that."

READ MORE: NBC12.com, Febraury 25, 2016

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