A Cleaner Potomac River

For years, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) illegally discharged millions of pounds of pollution—including heavy metals, such as aluminum—into the Potomac River from a water filtration plant in Potomac, Maryland.

In October 2015, thanks to a federal lawsuit brought by CBF and partners, WSSC agreed to eliminate more than 2 million pounds of pollution being discharged each year and contribute $1 million towards environmental projects that will help restore the Potomac. As the Bay's second largest tributary, a healthier Potomac River means a healthier Chesapeake Bay.

CBF strategically uses legal tools to advance the Bay's restoration. This year, we filed a total of seven new cases and eight briefs in cases ranging from challenging a megadevelopment on Maryland's Eastern Shore to intervening in a lawsuit targeting mercury pollution from power plants. We choose our cases carefully, selecting those that set legal precedent and have the greatest impact on the Bay's health.

Photo Credit: 1. Bill Portlock/CBF Staff, 2. Jay Fleming.