Upper Potomac River Commission (UPRC) Wastewater Treatment Plant

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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.