Fairfax County Receives Award For Chesapeake Bay Efforts

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs

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Nov. 15, 2005

Fairfax County Receives Environmental Award For Efforts To Protect Chesapeake Bay

The Fairfax County Wastewater Management Program received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Nutrient Reduction from Businesses for the Bay. The management program has achieved outstanding nutrient pollution prevention by enhancing removal of total phosphorous, ammonia and total nitrogen atits Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant. During 2004, the plant removed 60 percent more total phosphorous than required by its Virginia Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit limit. This equated to a total phosphorous loading to Pohick Creek, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, which was 15,428 pounds less than the permitted quantity. 

As a result of the management program, the plant was also able to discharge ammonia at a concentration 90 percent below its Virginia Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit. In 2004, total nitrogen was discharged at an average concentration of 6.2 mg/L, which is significantly less than the goal of 8 mg/L. This resulted in removing 2,076,000 pounds more nitrogen in 2004 as compared to year 2000.

The plant’s process chemical usage was also reduced as a side benefit of its biological nutrient removal process. This natural process allowed the plant to significantly reduce both its caustic and ferric chloride requirements.

The Wastewater Management Program is a function of the Wastewater Management Division of the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. The Wastewater Management business area provides essential wastewater treatment and collection services for county residents and businesses. The Wastewater Management Program currently includes the county-owned Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant, approximately 3,260 miles of sewer lines, 64 pump stations, 53 flow-metering stations, and covers approximately 234 square miles of the county’s 395-square-mile area.

In addition to providing county residents and businesses with sewer service, Fairfax County provides sewer service to other nearby jurisdictional entities through Sales of Service agreements with Arlington County, the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax, the towns of Herndon and Vienna, Fort Belvoir, the Covanta Waste-to-Energy facility and the Fairfax County Water Authorit

The Businesses for the Bay Achievement Awards recognize Businesses for the Bay participants for their outstanding work in pollution prevention programs to help protect the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Businesses for the Bay is a voluntary team of businesses, industries, government facilities and other organizations within the Chesapeake Bay watershed whose  mission is to build support for pollution prevention among all businesses throughout the watershed. he group works to implement pollution prevention in daily operations and reduce the release of chemical contaminants and other wastes to the Chesapeake Bay.

Businesses for the Bay is part of The Chesapeake Bay Program, a regional partnership that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners include the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; the Environmental Protection Agency, representing the federal government; and participating citizen advisory groups.

For more information about the Fairfax County Wastewater Management Program, contact Kailash Gupta at 703-550-9740, TTY 711. To learn more about the Businesses for the Bay program, call the Businesses for the Bay coordinator, Mary Lynn Wilhere, at 1-800-YOUR-BAY, x719, TTY 711 or visit www.chesapeakebay.net/involved.htm.

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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