District of Columbia

DC Stormwater

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Late in 2011 the District of Columbia and Environmental Protection Agency representatives proclaimed the release of a new stormwater management permit that could significantly reduce the pollution flowing from storm drains into the creeks and rivers of the nation’s capital. The new permit calls for retaining the first 1.2 inches of rainfall on properties in the District. When enforced, this new standard will reduce the poison runoff that flows from streets, parking lots and other paved surfaces. The permit provides incentives for solutions and environmental design standards that help capture rain water, such as trees, rain gardens and other landscape that soaks in water.

D.C. Strikes Deal for Benning Road Power Plant Cleanup

cleaning the anacostia

biglips.jpgThe Anacostia is one of the ten most polluted rivers in the nation. For too long we have accepted that a polluted Anacostia has to be a reality for the District. However, under pressure from the EPA, the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is finally dealing with the six most toxic sites along the Anacostia, one of which is Pepco's Benning Road power plant. On February 2, 2011, DDOE announced that it had reached a "consent decree" with Pepco that it believes will address the legacy of pollution at Benning Road (to learn more click here). The proposal is promising, as there have been six documented releases of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the site over the years. PCBS are known cuase developmental problems and are carcinogenic in humans and wildlife, for example two-third of all brown bull-head catfish (pictured above) in the Anacostia have tumors. 

Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake

In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay.  The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010.  That deadline will not be met.

Canvass Director and Assistant Canvass Director Positions Now Available

Clean Water Action is the nation’s largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health.  Clean Water Action’s 1 million members participate in Clean Water Action’s programs for clean, water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses.  Clean Water Action’s nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work.

Mind the Store

Mind the StoreAs the campaign to reform U.S. chemical safety policies continues on its multi-year path to update our laws in Congress, Clean Water Action has joined a related effort seeking leadership in safer chemicals and safer products from top retailers across the nation – the Mind the Store campaign.

Statement of Clean Water Action Chesapeake Program Director Andrew Fellows

Council of the District of Columbia
Transportation and Environment Committee
DC Water Annual Oversight Hearing

February 25, 2014

Clean Water Action urges the Council to consider, in their oversight role, the potential of DC Water’s proposed Green Infrastructure Plan to reduce the combined sewer overflows which threaten our valuable water resources while providing other benefits for the District. The Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project being developed by DC Water, the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment (DOE) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will use modern water management technologies to reduce water flow into storm drains, significantly reduce or eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and reduce sedimentation from bank erosion that results from high water flows after significant rain events.

Make a Year End Gift for Clean Water in the Chesapeake Today!

Clean Water Art WorkWe need action now to secure a clean water future for everyone. I support the goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for Maryland, Virginia, DC, and throughout the country.

Success on many of our top clean water priorities has never been closer - restoring protection for small streams and wetlands, controlling polluted runoff,
reducing toxic pollution that threatens our drinking water, and more - we just need you. This progress, and the positive momentum we're talking about didn’t happen automatically — it happened thanks to Clean Water Action members like you.

Chesapeake Currents | Late Summer 2013

chesapeake currents
late summer 2013 edition

Saving Montgomery County's Ten Mile Creek

Ten Mile Creek, the “last best creek,” is threatened by a proposed development in Clarksburg, in northwest Montgomery County. The proposed final and optional phase of a build-out in what was a rural area would be certain to degrade Ten Mile Creek’s water quality.

In addition to its status as a valuable natural area, the creek is a backup drinking water source for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) customers, increasing the issue’s importance for most Montgomery and Prince George’s County residents.

Many citizens from already-developed parts of the Clarksburg area are raising their voices about how further development could harm their quality of life as well as the creek. Advocates have added their voices to the debate, as the proposed development would be the antithesis the “smarth growth” ideal of walkable urban places with nearby public transit. Instead, this development would cause needless natural resource degradation and increase dependence on long-distance travel.

Power Plant Water Pollution Press Releases

New Report Shows 16 Coal-fired Power Plants in Michigan Discharge Toxic Pollution Highlighting Critical Need for Strong Federal Standards

 

Why Should Coal Plants Be Able to Contaminate our Drinking Water? Take Action

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Is there a polluting power plant near you? Find out here.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  has proposed long-overdue power plant pollution standards to limit the amount of toxic metals and other chemicals that can be dumped in our water. Unfortunately the coal industry is already trying to block them.Make sure the president hears from you today

Tell the president to stop power plant water pollution today!

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