According to city statistics, Alexandria dumps 11.3 million gallons of raw sewage through four outfalls into the Potomac River every year through what is called a “combined sewer overflow” system. The city is preparing a long-range control plan and is accepting comments on the draft plan.
Auduboners may want to urge the city to develop a strong plan. Points you could make:
- It is simply unacceptable to allow any amount of untreated sewage to enter the waterways from the city of Alexandria or any source.
- The plan should include stopping discharges from all outfalls, including 001, an outfall that discharges from 43% to 50% of total pollution.
You can find information here.
- May 10, Tuesday, 7:00-10:00 p.m., City Council Legislative Meeting. At City Hall, 2nd floor, Council Chamber. Click here for meeting info.
- May 14, Saturday, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM, City Council Public Hearing. At City Hall, 2nd floor, Council Chamber. Click here for meeting info.
- August 23, 2016: Long Term Control Plan Update due to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ). This is required to meet new permit requirements.