Chesapeake Bay, Potomac & Local Water Resources

The scope of water resource issues addressed in the COG Region encompasses drinking water, wastewater and stormwater; and the associated need to protect and promote those valuable programs and water infrastructure resources.  And, since the collective purpose of wastewater and drinking water treatment, and stormwater management programs is to protect human health and protect/improve water quality; all of these water resource issues are linked.

The metropolitan Washington region has a major interest in understanding the water quality conditions and trends in local streams, the Potomac River and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay in order to assess how effectively the region’s multi-decade, multi-billion-dollar investments in wastewater treatment and stormwater management infrastructure are working.

COG supports its local governments, and wastewater and drinking water utilities - by providing extensive monitoring and analysis on a wide range of water quality and monitoring issues that impact or may have implications for the region’s wastewater treatment plants, stormwater management programs, and drinking water plants through a variety of regional forums. 

While many COG activities are focused on evaluating state and local water quality monitoring efforts, other COG activities focus on the Chesapeake Bay Program – which utilizes both monitoring and modeling tools. These activities are also coordinated with source water protection activities that help to protect the region’s drinking water plants.

News & Multimedia

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  • Chesapeake Bay

    Daniel Sze: Everyone wins when we work together for clean water

    April 20, 2017

    Regional Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts are making metropolitan Washington a better place to live, work, and play, according to COG’s Chesapeake Bay and...

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    Karen Pallansch: Making sustainability a priority in the wastewater sector

    February 2, 2017

    Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew), wastewater utility to the City of Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County, and a member of the Chesapeake Bay and Water...

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    CBPC Water Quality Forum and Conowingo Dam Tour - 2016

    October 14, 2016

    Pictures from the CBPC 6th annual Forum with EPA and states as well as a tour of the Conowingo Hydroelectric Dam on the Susquehanna River.

  • Water Quality Forum Attendees

    EPA, states address key challenges at annual Bay and Water Quality Forum

    September 29, 2016

    The CBPC held its sixth Annual Bay & Water Quality Forum in September with EPA and several Chesapeake Bay states (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia)...

  • Conowingo Dam Tour

    Area officials tour Exelon's Conowingo Dam

    September 29, 2016

    COG’s Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee (CBPC) and staff toured Exelon’s Conowingo Dam in Darlington, Maryland in September to get a firsthand...

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