Clean Rivers, Green District Agreement

In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), and the Government of the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) joined in a partnership agreement to to advance green infrastructure in D.C. The “Clean Rivers, Green District” agreement outlines the collaborative steps to support green infrastructure to achieve sustainable stormwater management, more livable communities, and other environmental improvements in the District.

DC Water has proposed expanding its commitment to the use of green infrastructure as a supplement to its investments in a series of tunnels for the control of combined sewer overflows in the District. The agreement also outlines how it will relate to the existing federal consent decree commitments for controlling combined sewer overflows.

This Partnership Agreement fosters principles articulated in EPA’s “Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework", dated June 5, 2012. Specifically, it integrates the storm water management obligations of the District with combined sewer overflow control obligations of DC Water.

Throughout this initiative, DC Water, EPA, and the District will work together to assess the water quality benefits and impacts of alternative green controls to ensure that they meet EPA’s expectations and Clean Water Act requirements. The parties will also engage other critical stakeholders, such as non-governmental organizations, to assist and help assess progress.



Publication Date: December 2012

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