Sewage Discharges in Washington DC Waterways



David Baron

Regional Office / Program

Case Overview

When big storms hit Washington, D.C., raw sewage pours into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and Rock Creek. This has been going on for years, but it took a lawsuit to force the city government to begin the process of fixing the problem.

(This case is now closed. To learn about recent Earthjustice litigation to clean up our waterways, visit the Clean Water Focus Area.)

Case Updates

April 24, 2013 Article

Friday Finds: Seafood S.O.S.

Seafood lovers hooked on $1 oyster nights may soon have to find a new source of comfort for the work week blues. Thanks to an increase of carbon in both the atmosphere and our water bodies (which absorb about a third of all carbon emissions), carbon munching critters like crabs, lobsters and shrimp are getting bigger and hungrier, say scientists at the University of North Carolina’s Aquarium Research Center. After analyzing blue crabs from the Chesapeake Bay in tanks pumped…

August 14, 2008 Press Release

Conservation Groups Oppose DC Sewer Authority's Court Challenge to Pollution Limits

Blue Plains operators balk at pollution limits, conservation groups intervene to protect D.C. waters and Chesapeake Bay

December 16, 2004 Press Release

Settlement Will Slash Sewage Pollution In DC Waters

Cleaner water finally on the way for DC region