The Unified Command, led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has identified the NRG Dickerson Power Plant in Maryland as the source of the sheen that showed up on the Potomac River more than a week ago. The company agreed to join the Unified Command working to remedy the situation and protect public health.
Potomac Riverkeeper Network announced today that it is offering a $1000 reward for information identifying those responsible for the plume of pollution in the Potomac River that forced water utilities to take measures to protect the drinking water of millions of area residents this week.
Proper lawn and garden care is an essential part of protecting our local waterways, the Potomac River, and Chesapeake Bay. Fertilizer contains nutrients that may contribute to algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay and local tributaries.
State and regional officials reported a sheen on the surface of the Potomac River on Sunday, Nov. 27. Officials are monitoring water quality and the time it takes the plume to reach drinking water intakes. Potential changes to downstream water quality are being evaluated and preparations are in place to protect the region’s drinking water. There is no need for Virginia American Water customers to take any action or precautions at this time.
American Disposal Services has partnered with carton recycling nonprofit, Carton Council, to launch an awareness campaign to increase recycling of food and beverage carton packaging throughout parts of the DC Metro area.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has proposed an enforcement action with Virginia Electric and Power Co. (Dominion) for discharging approximately 13,500 gallons of mineral oil from a transformer at the Crystal City substation in Arlington County, and approximately 9,000 gallons of mineral oil from a transformer at the West Staunton substation in Augusta County. The Arlington discharge entered Roaches Run and the Potomac River in late January, 2016.
The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities is offering a native plant sale to help grow Alexandria’s tree canopy. Beautify your yard and help the environment by planting high quality and ecologically valuable native tree and shrub species in your yard!
Learn from the Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s Asad Rouhi and other experts how to properly locate, design, construct, and maintain a small-scale rain garden: a landscaped area that is designed to capture rain water and allow it to soak into the ground. Attend a workshop on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Fairlington Community Center.