Environment

Chesapeake Bay, Potomac & Local Water Resources

The scope of water resource issues addressed in the metropolitan Washington 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 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, guided by the Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee, are also coordinated with source water protection activities that help to protect the region’s drinking water plants.

News & Multimedia

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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...

  • Chesapeake Bay
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    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.

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