Marlowe Towne Center Wastewater Treatment Facility
The Marlowe Towne Center Waste Water Treatment Facility, part of the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District of Martinsburg, WV, has been discharging pollutants, including fecal coliform, zinc and sediment into the Falling Waters area of the Potomac River. The facility was initially identified as a facility of interest in Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s 2014 Compliance Sweep program conducted in the Upper Potomac, which reviewed 291 Clean Water Act permits and found Marlowe Towne Center, among others, 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.
Status Update: On August 1, 2015, the Upper Potomac Riverkeeper 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. Read our press release. In January 2017, we entered a settlement agreement whereby the Sewer District will hire a compliance officer and pay a $40,000 penalty.
If you’ve just joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) you may gather that we don’t stop trying to solve a pollution problem when we hit the inevitable advocacy road block. Instead, our custom is to take legal action when advocacy can’t get us any further towards a solution. However, this is not always necessary. In many […]
In August 2015, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls filed a Clean Water Act (CWA) complaint against the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District for repeated violations of its water pollution control permit. The Marlowe Towne Center Waste Water Treatment Facility, part of the sewer district, had been discharging pollutants, including fecal coliform, zinc and sediment […]
Each year, Potomac Riverkeeper Network conducts a compliance sweep of all the discharge permits in each of the four regions under our three Riverkeeper Branches of the Potomac watershed. The goal of this compliance sweep is to generate a list of facilities that are polluting our water ways and breaking the law by violating their […]