Environment

Wastewater & Biosolids Management

Metropolitan Washington is home to some of the largest and most advanced wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in the country. These plants, which serve approximately 90 percent of the region’s population, treat household and commercial sewage to return it safely to the environment meeting health and environmental standards. The region’s huge investments in improving wastewater treatment have yielded significant progress, such as improved water quality in the Potomac River.

COG supports its member governments and wastewater utilities by providing extensive monitoring and analysis on a wide range of issues that impact or may have implications for the region’s WWTPs and their biosolids programs. This support includes providing briefings and presentations, as well as regular forums for the Water Resources Technical Committee (WRTC) to discuss technical issues and to develop policy recommendations for the Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee (CBPC). Currently this support also includes very active engagement in EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program restoration efforts – which have significant regional implications for the region’s water quality, wastewater, biosolids, and stormwater programs.

COG also provides specialized wastewater and biosolids support to the Parties to the 2012 Blue Plains Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA), who share in the services provided by the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant. Blue Plains, located in the District of Columbia, is the largest advanced treatment facility in the world.

News & Multimedia

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    UOSA Hosts 249th Prime Power Battalion and COG for Backup Power Exercise

    March 21, 2016

    The Upper Occoquan Service Authority’s (UOSA’s) Flat Branch Pump Station in Prince William County is an essential part of the National Capital Region’s (NCR’s)...

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    Heart of COG: Lisa Ragain

    January 6, 2016

    Although COG Principal Water Resources Planner Lisa Ragain has been working on water protection and communication since the 1990s, her expertise does not end...

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    Heart of COG: Karl Berger

    May 6, 2015

    For nearly 20 years, Principal Environmental Planner Karl Berger has worked with DC Water and WSSC staff to support the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater...

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    COG Report Details Regional Infrastructure Needs

    January 15, 2015

    2015 State of the Region: Infrastructure Report covers transportation, water, energy, public buildings, and public safety communications systems. Throughout...

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    2014 COG Series Provides In-Depth Look at Region's Infrastructure

    December 30, 2014

    In 2014 the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments identified regional infrastructure as its focus and held a series on...

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    Officials See Connections Between Local Waterways and Chesapeake Bay

    August 13, 2014

    Spanning rivers streams creeks runs lakes and reservoirs the COG Region’s water quality is of prime importance to local jurisdictions. Not only does water...

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    COG Chairwoman Delivers a Year In Review

    December 16, 2013

    2013 COG Chairwoman Karen Young delivered these remarks at last week’s Annual Meeting: Shaping Our Region’s Economy for The Metropolitan Revolution.

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    Blue Plains Agreement Featured in Local News Stories

    May 8, 2013

    The Washington Post, WTOP, NBC4, ABC7 and other local media outlets highlight the landmark regional wastewater agreement.

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