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  • Polluted and uncontrolled stormwater is the number one cause of poor stream and river quality in Northern Virginia
  • The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners (CWP) have a shared goal to work together to keep residents healthy and safe by reducing pollution that reaches local creeks and rivers
  • During an annual Only Rain Down the Drain campaign, the Clean Water Partners use advertisements, publications, and a website to inform citizens how they can help
  • Learn more about recent efforts by reading the 2012 Campaign Summary

Only Rain Down the Drain!
Regional Stormwater Education Initiative
  • The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners Only Rain Down the Drain regional stormwater education initiative is crafted by and for Northern Virginia jurisdictions and managed by NVRC
  • The campaign uses radio ads, online social marketing advertisements, the Northern Virginia Dog Blog, and a general website, onlyrain.org, to encourage the public to keep pollutants such as excess fertilizer and used motor oil from flowing into storm drains which lead to the Potomac River and Occoquan Reservoir, our sources of drinking water, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay
  • By participating in the program, local jurisdictions have an unprecedented opportunity to pool local outreach dollars to collectively target pollution-causing behaviors using a multi-media approach for greater impact at less cost and effort
  • Additionally, the strategy provides for community engagement and the production of outreach materials that can be customized and used by each locality

Who are the Partners?
  • The CWP is a partnership of 11 Northern Virginia local governments, independent water and sanitary sewer authorities, businesses, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
  • Current partners include:
    Fairfax County | Loudoun County | Arlington County | Stafford County | City of Alexandria | Fairfax Water | Loudoun Water | Alexandria Sanitation Authority | City of Falls Church | Town of Herndon | City of Fairfax | Town of Vienna | Town of Leesburg | Town of Dumfries | Doody Calls | Northern Virginia Regional Commission | Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Learn More
  • Contact Corey Miles, Senior Environmental Planner and Chesapeake Bay Project Manager at NVRC, at 703-642-4625 
  • Visit onlyrain.org for more in-depth information on the issues, good practices, how to get involved by volunteering, and links to related websites

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