Press Release

PRKN Sues Alexandria for Violations of Federal Environmental Law

Unlawful Discharge of Coal Tar Pollutants from Oronoco Street Outfall Contributes to Imminent and Substantial Endangerment to Human Health and Environment Washington, D.C. – May 10 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) yesterday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the City of Alexandria for its continued discharges of toxic coal tar waste into the Potomac … Read More

PRKN Comments on Alexandria’s Long Term Control Plan

We filed comments regarding the City of Alexandria’s revised Long Term Control Plan submission to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Consistent with our statements at recent public meetings, we support the City’s Option B+ plan for significantly reducing discharges of untreated sewage and polluted stormwater from the city’s combined sewer system (CSO).  While we support the City’s Plan, … Read More

Call Governor McAuliffe: Tell Him to Sign the Alexandria Sewage Bill!

Alexandria’s dirty little secret — dumping millions of gallons of stormwater contaminated with raw sewage into the Potomac River — isn’t so secret anymore. The Washington Post and other media outlets exposed it in a series of embarrassing headlines. Thanks to action by our members and the larger environmental community, the Virginia General Assembly passed … Read More

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Tell Alexandria to Stop Dumping Sewage in the Potomac!

I’m writing to urge you to send an email to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Alexandria to demand action on a serious public health problem. WHY: Alexandria, Virginia is dumping 70 million gallons of raw sewage and polluted stormwater into the Potomac River each year. And City Council has decided not … Read More

Press Release

Alexandria Sewage Discharges Threaten Public Health & the Potomac River

City’s Own Water Samples Show Potomac Unsafe for Human Contact Washington, DC (January 10, 2017) Just before the holidays, Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) submitted formal comments to Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regarding the City of Alexandria’s effort to address untreated sewage pollution emanating from its antiquated “Combined Sewer System” into the Potomac River … Read More


Sewage Discharges Pose Serious Public Health Risk in Alexandria

As the City of Alexandria considers a stormwater utility fee to reduce polluted stormwater from running into the streams and the Potomac River, we want to remind the city and it’s residents that Alexandria has a significant storm water problem that poses a serious public health risk. Millions of gallons of untreated sewage discharge into … Read More