Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Files Clean Water Act Complaint Against Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District

On August 1, 2015, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, a branch of Potomac Riverkeeper Network, filed a Clean Water Act (CWA) complaint against the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District (Sewer District) in the Federal District court of Martinsburg, WV, for repeated violations of the water pollution control permit at the Marlowe Towne Center Waste Water Treatment Facility. The CWA complaint cites 57 discharge violations of pollutants, including fecal coliform, zinc and sediment. The Marlowe Towne Center was initially identified as a facility of interest in Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s 2014 Compliance Sweep conducted in the Upper Potomac, which reviewed 291 Clean Water Act permits and found that 38 out of the 291 facilities had committed severe violations of State and Federal water quality standards, resulting in discharges of pollutants in amounts that violate federal law and harm the environment.