Northern Virginia Healthy Communities

In 2015, we helped establish a new coalition, Northern Virginia Healthy Communities, and led the effort to develop a broad and diverse collaborative of organizations and community leaders committed to enhance public health, and protect our region’s watersheds and natural resources.

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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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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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Act Now to Stop the Dumping of Raw Sewage Into the Potomac!

Clean Water Action, working with partners and local communities, is advocating for legislation (SB818) that will help eliminate the Commonwealth’s last major source of untreated sewage dumping into the Potomac River watershed. Take Action! Tell your legislators to support this important legislation.

Chesapeake Currents - Spring | Summer 2016

Chesapeake Currents - Spring | Summer 2016

In this issue: Northern Virginia Healthy Communities; An Incinerator Win in Baltimore; Winning Primaries in Baltimore; Cleaning up the Anacostia; and more.

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From We All Live Downstream

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February 14, 2017

The economic and social impact of climate change on our communities cannot be understated. With the risk of increased flooding and drought, and the Trump Administration’s promise to scrap regulations restricting production of fossil fuels, the need for local authorities and community-based organizations in the development of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies has never been this urgent.

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January 11, 2017

The City of Alexandria is dumping raw sewage into our waterways - and has been for more than 40 years. Alexandria is not only putting public health at risk, it is also breaking state and federal law. This uncontrolled toxic dumping is not only health hazard to city residents and visitors, but also multiple downstream communities, and undermines the rights of Virginians to drinkable, swimmable, and fishable water.

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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. Although the District has begun projects designed to prevent raw sewage from entering local waterways and rivers, such as holding tunnels, Alexandria recently missed an opportunity to adopt a modern Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) for its own aging sewer system.