County Receives Environmental Award for Efforts to Protect Chesapeake Bay


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Dec. 1, 2006

Fairfax County Receives Environmental
Award for Efforts to Protect Chesapeake Bay

Wastewater Management Program Receives Award for Second Straight Year

For the second consecutive year, Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management Program received a Businesses for the Bay Environmental Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement for Nutrient Reduction by a local government.

The county received the award because its wastewater treatment plant significantly reduced phosphorous and nitrogen discharges below legally allowable levels. During fiscal year 2006, the Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant achieved an average total phosphorus concentration that was 0.10 mg/L lower than permitted. This reduction resulted in a 15,000- pound total decrease of phosphorous loading into Pohick Creek, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. The plant also nearly cut its nitrogen concentration in half — from its voluntary target of 8.0 mg/L to 4.5 mg/L.

These reductions will benefit more than 3,600 species of plants, fish and shellfish in the Chesapeake Bay, one of the nation’s most biologically diverse estuaries. Protecting the environment, including the Chesapeake Bay, is a top priority for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Not only has the board adopted its 20-Year Environmental Vision Plan, but also it has enacted water quality guidelines to protect the bay.

The Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant was placed in service in 1970. Today, it serves close to half of Fairfax County residents, treating more than 40 million gallons of wastewater daily.

The excellence awards recognize businesses, organizations and governments for their outstanding pollution prevention programs that help protect the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. 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.

For more information about the Fairfax County Wastewater Management Program, contact Kailash Gupta at 703-550-9740, TTY 711.

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