Upper Potomac River Commission (UPRC) Wastewater Treatment Plant

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University of Maryland Law Students Stand Up for the Upper Potomac in State Court

On a warm spring morning at the Allegany County courthouse in Cumberland, law students from the University of Maryland Law School Clinic stood up to argue Upper Potomac Riverkeeper’s case against the State of Maryland, challenging the state water discharge permit for a wastewater treatment plant run by the Upper Potomac River Commission. The treatment […]

Mixing Zones: Why we shouldn’t have them

Mixing zones present a great visual example of how discharges directly impact the look, feel, and biological integrity of rivers. Many fisherman, fishing guides, and recreational boaters in the Upper Potomac who have come in contact with Westernport, Maryland’s wastewater treatment plant’s mixing zone have concerns over the impact it has on their use and […]

Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls standing in the “mixing zone” for the discharge from UPRC.

UPRC operates under permits which allow for discharges that exceed normal TMDL’s (a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards) through the use of “mixing zones”. UPRC’s mixing zones emit discharges directly into a section of the river commonly used for cold water fishing with heavy amounts of nitrogen, at average temperatures of 100 degrees.

Status Update: We are in the proccess of appealing the UPRC permit that allows the activity of “mixing zones” and high levels of nitrogen pollution.