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Help Protect the Potomac River from Toxic Sewage Dumping

The City of Alexandria’s combined sewer system dumps untreated sewage into local waterways and the Potomac River. Raw sewage contains E. coli and other pathogens, and is the primary reason areas of the Potomac are closed to swimming nearly every time it rains.

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Coal Ash Pollution in Virginia

There are twelve active coal ash ponds and eight active coal ash landfills in Virginia. Eight additional large coal ash ponds in Virginia are no longer being used for ash disposal but sit idle, full of toxic sludge, on Virginia’s waterways.

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What is NoVA Healthy Communities?

We partner with local, grassroots members to educate and empower, sharing information on key issues, helping connect residents with their elected officials.

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Protect the Potomac and James Rivers Toxic Coal Ash

In January the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) issued Dominion Power two permits to drain over 300 million gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Potomac and James River.

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Tackling Stormwater Runoff in Loudon

One of the most widespread and rampant sources of pollution in NoVA tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay is urban and suburban stormwater runoff from hard and impervious surfaces like streets, roofs and parking lots.

From We All Live Downstream

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Northern Virginia Voters are Vital to the Fight to Protect Clean Water

August 26, 2016

This is why elections matter. Clean Water Action engages a voters throughout Northern Virginia to turn out and vote. And then hold their elected official accountable.

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We Must Protect the Potomac River from Toxic Sewage Dumping

August 4, 2016

Every time it rains, the combined sewer systems of Washington D.C. and the City of Alexandria dump untreated sewage into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.

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Reflections on Earth Day

April 22, 2016

The first Earth Day helped drag us kicking and screaming into realizing that we were destroying this planet that sustains us.  Still, too many people think of “the Earth” as an esoteric concern.