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POTOMAC RIVER KEEPERS
Please be aware that
this is the group who has shut down the National Capital Gun Club in Maryland.
This is not a new organization and has been around since 2000 and is part of a
much larger Riverkeepers organization. Gun clubs are a new target and with the
success they have had at the National Capital club, I am worried about us. Perhaps
someone should speak with Steve Meyers about their club experience with this group?
His email address is: email@example.com and his phone number is 301 838 9167.
The new webpage...but
the old site info is
The area they are targeting at this time.....
The power/money behind
this organization is found in this article from their old website....
Riverkeeper Launched on the Potomac
Group Seeks Protection and Restoration
of the Nations River
Citing the continued deterioration of the Potomac River, the Water Keeper
Alliance today announced the establishment of the Potomac Riverkeeper, a nonprofit
citizens-based organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and preservation
of the Potomac River and its watershed. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of the
Water Keeper Alliance, said, The Potomac Riverkeepers job will be
to end the corporate abuse and government neglect of the most important monument
in our nations capital.
passage of the Clean Water Act, the Potomac River showed signs of recovery,
said Scott Bell, Executive Director of the Potomac Riverkeeper. However,
the rivers resources are deteriorating from overuse and poor management.
According to Bell, urban sprawl, a growing number of large-scale, factory farms,
and hundreds of permitted discharges have contributed to a decline in water quality
and aquatic resources in the river. Were putting polluters on notice,
said Bell, A major focus of our organization will be improving the rivers
water quality and fish habitat by ensuring compliance with environmental laws
and regulations and holding those responsible for managing the river accountable
for their actions.
Saturday, February 26, 2005; Page B03
Gun Club, State Sued Over
Potomac Riverkeeper, an environmental group, filed a lawsuit yesterday contending
that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources had not cleaned up a creek polluted
with lead from a skeet-shooting range. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court
in Greenbelt, concerns Montgomery County's Great Seneca Creek.
In late 2003,
the Riverkeeper organization said it discovered as much as three inches of lead
shot that had accumulated at the creek bottom, apparently coming from the ranges
of the National Capital Skeet & Trap Club.
The suit names the gun club,
which has ceased its skeet shooting, and the state, which owns the land that the
gun club is on.
A Natural Resources spokeswoman said that the department
had not received the lawsuit and that it could not comment. Attempts to contact
the gun club were unsuccessful.
Text of the bill that passed dealing with Noise standards; shooting
Be it enacted
by the General Assembly of Virginia:
That § 15.2-917 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
15.2-917. Applicability of local noise ordinances to certain sport shooting ranges.
No local ordinance
regulating any noise shall subject a sport shooting range to noise control standards
more stringent than those in effect at the time the construction or operation
of the range initially was approved, or at the time any application was submitted
for the construction or operation of the range. The operation or use of a sport
shooting range shall not be enjoined on the basis of noise, nor shall any person
be subject to action for nuisance or criminal prosecution in any matter relating
to noise resulting from the operation of the range, if the range is in compliance
with all ordinances relating to noise in effect at the time construction or operation
of the range was approved, or at the time any application was submitted for the
construction or operation of the range.
For purposes of this section, "sport shooting range" means an area or
structure designed for the use of rifles, shotguns, pistols, silhouettes, skeet,
trap, black powder, or any other similar sport shooting.