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Sewage Discharges in Washington DC Waterways


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.)

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Kingman Park Civic Association

Case Updates

April 24, 2013 | Article

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January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

DC Sewage Consent Decree

Proposed settlement under which the DC Water and Sewer Authority will adopt controls to curb combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Anacostia River, the Potomac River, and Rock Creek (June 25, 2003)

January 3, 2006 | Feature

The Anacostia River

Not so long ago, the Anacostia River was the pride of the District of Columbia, flowing as a pristine ribbon for nearly nine miles from Prince George’s County in Maryland to where it empties into the Potomac. Unfortunately, the river has been abused for decades, making it one of the most polluted rivers in the nation.