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

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

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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