Clean Water is Worth It
April showers bring May flowers. In the
D.C. region, they also cause polluted
runoff and, even worse, raw sewage overflows into local waterways like the
Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
The good news is that communities
throughout the watershed are investing in
clean water. When complete, these projects will help reduce pollution flowing into
our rivers and streams and the Bay. They
will also help the Bay states and D.C. meet
the pollution-reduction targets in the
Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
In Prince George’s County, an innovative
$100 million Clean Water Partnership will
retrofit at least 2,000 acres of Bay-friendly
installations like permeable pavers and
rain gardens to reduce pollution and ultimately create thousands of local jobs.
A private company, Corvias, will manage the design, construction, and long-
This type of investment will
help the community improve
its drinking water, wastewater,
and stormwater systems.
Corvias meets targets for efficiencies in
construction and success in local busi-
ness and jobs development, they will
have the option to retrofit an additional
2,000 acres. EPA Administrator Gina
McCarthy says this type of investment
“will help the community improve its
drinking water, wastewater, and
But how will we pay for it?
The Clean Water Partnership in Prince
George’s County bundles many small green
infrastructure projects into one. This
allows them to finance it by leveraging rev-
enues from the local polluted runoff fee.
Federal funds—from sources like the
Clean Water State Revolving Fund—are
also available when they are ready to con-
Unfortunately, President Obama has proposed cutting the Clean Water State
Revolving Fund. This is one of many federal programs CBF is fighting for in
Congress that help state and local governments afford to invest in the necessary
changes to reduce water pollution.
The Chesapeake Bay is an economic engine
that will provide at least $130 billion in
benefits to the region annually when the
Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is fully
implemented. But we will only see these
benefits if we can make the necessary
investments in projects like the Clean
Water Partnership. CBF’s Federal team is
working hard on the Hill to fight for the
critical federal support that will lead us to
uTo learn more about CBF’s federal clean-water efforts, visit cbf.org/DC.