Water Resources

The Chesapeake Bay, Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and local waterways are critical to metropolitan Washington’s environment and economy as well as the health and safety of the region’s residents. COG’s Water Resources Program assists local government members, and affiliated wastewater treatment and drinking water utilities, with protecting, restoring, and conserving these resources. The program also helps them address the policy and technical implications of various state and federal initiatives that have water quality and water resource implications for the region.

COG’s Regional Water Quality Management Program (RWQM) addresses a wide range of technical and policy issues that affect the tidal estuary portion of the Upper Potomac River and its tributaries, and that may have implications for the region’s water quality and water resources.  COG supports the Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee (CBPC) and the Water Resources Technical Committee (WRTC), by providing up-to-date information, analysis, and forums to address key topics such as:

COG’s Urban Watershed Programs includes regional stormwater support, and the Anacostia Restoration Program (ARP) that supports the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership and Steering Committee. COG’s Drinking Water and Drought Monitoring Program supports issues of importance and impact to local drinking water and wastewater utilities including water supply and drought response and water security monitoring.

COG also provides technical and policy support and coordination among the Parties to the 2012 Blue Plains Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) through the Blue Plains Regional Committee. Blue Plains is the largest wastewater treatment plant in the region. 


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    Utilities offer tips for preventing frozen pipes and meters

    January 2, 2018

    During this period of extreme cold, area water utilities have been reaching out through traditional and social media to help homeowners prevent frozen pipes and...

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    Officials celebrate 60 years of partnership

    December 14, 2017

    At COG’s annual membership meeting on December 13, government, business, and nonprofit leaders gathered together to celebrate the organization’s 60th...

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    COG, regional water utilities to 'Imagine a Day without Water' on Oct. 12

    October 5, 2017

    COG and its water utility partners on the Community Engagement Campaign (CEC) will join the water community in a nationwide invitation to “Imagine a Day without...

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    Local contributions to Bay progress highlighted at Water Quality Forum

    October 3, 2017

    At the Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee’s (CBPC) 7th Annual Bay and Water Quality Forum at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments...

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    Thomas J. Grizzard Jr. remembered for his work on regional water quality

    July 10, 2017

    Thomas J. Grizzard, Jr., professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech and former director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring...

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    Get 'Back to the Bay' during Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

    June 5, 2017

    Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania have designated June 3-11 as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week to recognize the efforts of the many partners working to improve...

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