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Petitioning U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and 2 others

Help DC Water succeed in making the District a greener place

94
Supporters

A green infrastructure alternative would result in green job creation, improved air quality, enhanced green spaces, and expanded wildlife habitats.

Letter to
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Department of Justice (DOJ)
District residents and ratepayers
I just signed the following petition addressed to:

Help DC Water succeed in making the District a greener place

DC Water is working to implement and analyze the effectiveness of green infrastructure on a large-scale, in the most beneficial way to our ratepayers and the District.

Under the terms of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Consent Decree, DC Water is currently constructing a massive tunnel system to control sewer overflows to the Anacostia River. As we move forward with the Anacostia tunnels, the time is right to consider innovative solutions that could substantially change the approach taken on the planned Potomac and Rock Creek tunnel projects.

DC Water has presented a draft plan to EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) for undertaking a full scale demonstration of green infrastructure to potentially offset the need for the large and costly Potomac and Rock Creek tunnel projects. In order for this demonstration project to move forward, the Consent Decree must be amended to grant sufficient time to evaluate the green infrastructure pilot. A green infrastructure alternative would result in green job creation, improved air quality, enhanced green spaces, and expanded wildlife habitats. Despite these benefits, we face a number of challenges implementing the green infrastructure alternative. We seek your support on our proposal to amend the Consent Decree to allow the flexibility to assess this innovative approach.

DC Water must balance its environmental stewardship and commitment to improve water quality with optimum use of ratepayer funds. With the help of our stakeholders, regulators and interested parties, this ongoing dialogue will help to determine our path forward.

Sincerely,
DC Water