(RICHMOND, VA)—Today the City of Richmond marked the completion of a multi-year effort to significantly reduce nutrient pollution discharged into the James River by the city's wastewater treatment plant. To celebrate the occasion, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Assistant Director Peggy Sanner released the following statement.
"Thank you and congratulations to the City of Richmond and its committed staff for impressive work upgrading Richmond's wastewater treatment plant. Since 2010, Richmond has reduced nitrogen pollution from this plant to our waterways by 86 percent and phosphorus pollution by 44 percent. Cleaning up local rivers and streams reduces risks to human health, creates jobs, and benefits local economies.
"Richmond's clean water efforts are truly making a difference in the health of the James River and Chesapeake Bay. Cutting this much pollution from Richmond's wastewater treatment plant helps keep Virginia on track to meet its goals under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint."