Alexandria Receives State Approval to Proceed with Long Overdue Stormwater and Sewer System Upgrades

The Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has signed off on Alexandria’s plan to reduce stormwater and sewer outfalls flowing into the Potomac River, a major coup for PRKN.  The plan will reduce pollution by more than 95 percent.  When this plan is implemented, the raw sewage that has been flowing into the Potomac River … 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

EPA Permit for DC Sewage Treatment Plant Fails to Protect the Potomac and Public Health

On November 1, 2017, Potomac Riverkeeper Network sent comments to EPA calling for major changes to the Clean Water Act discharge permit for the Blue Plains Wastewater plant in Washington D.C. While the DC government has invested heavily to upgrade this facility and reduce untreated sewage discharges from its combined sewers, the draft permit still fails … 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


Daily Limits on Bacteria to Protect Public Health

Washington, DC, like many older east coast cities, has a public health and water pollution problem when rainfall overwhelms its outdated sewer system and causes high volumes of untreated sewage bacteria to be dumped into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Animal waste washed from the street and parks into storm drains adds to the problem, … Read More