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District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

George S. Hawkins, General Manager

Briefing on:

DC CLEAN RIVERS PROJECT Northeast Boundary and Branch Tunnels

Briefing for:

Special Joint Meeting of the Bloomingdale Civic Association, SMD 5C04 and SMD 5C07
December 13, 2012


 Flooding Mitigation Measures  Clean Rivers Project Snapshot

 First Street Tunnel Field Investigation


Flooding Mitigation Measures
 DC Water Short Term Efforts to Mitigate Basement and Street Flooding

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Visual inspection of sewers
Rebate program for installing backflow preventers Rain barrel-subsidy and installation program Sandbag distribution Analysis of plumbing and housing code


Medium Term Recommendations for Bloomingdale & LeDroit Park  Four recommendations:
1. McMillan Storm
Water Storage


Michigan Ave

Final Site for First Street Storage and Tunnel Shaft Site being coordinated with District.

McMillan Stormwater Storage 6 mg Stormwater Storage (3 mg from N. Cap, 3 mg from First St)

3 of 10 acres is needed for construction

First Street Tunnel • 19’ Dia tunnel, 2,800 ft long, 6 mg storage Bryant St

2. First St Tunnel
3. Rain Barrel Program 4. Green Infrastructure

Adams St

W St V St Temp. Pumping Station

U St Thomas St

1st St

N. Cap St

Future 23’ Dia. Northeast Boundary Tunnel (Long Term recommendation)


Clean Rivers Project Snapshot
 Long Term Control Plan (LTCP)
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Control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) Reduce flooding Meet nutrient discharge limits of Chesapeake Bay Program

 Schedule
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LTCP = 20 years (2005-2025) Nitrogen = 2007-2015

 Cost
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LTCP = $2.5 billion Nitrogen = $950 M Total > $3.5 billion

 Drivers
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Projects required to meet regulatory requirements (NPDES Permit and Consent Decree) Flood Relief


Blue Plains Tunnel CSO 019 Overflow and Diversion Structures JBAB Overflow and Potomac Outfall Sewer Diversion M Street Diversion Sewer (CSOs 015, 016 and 017) CSO 007 Diversion Structure and Diversion Sewer Anacostia River Tunnel Main Pumping Station and Tingey Street Diversions Northeast Boundary and Branch Tunnels Blue Plains Dewatering Pumping Station and ECF Poplar Point Pumping Station Replacement


Northeast Boundary and Branch Tunnels
Planned Boring Locations  Survey and utility location work to prepare for test borings  Soil borings and groundwater monitoring  Topographic survey


Field Investigation – Traffic Plans
 Traffic Control Plans for each investigation site along the alignment will be approved by District Department of Transportation (DDOT).  Lane closures and shifts may occur.


Field Investigation – Parking Restrictions
 24-hour parking restrictions within the work zones.  Work hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday  Work at each site will take approximately 10 business days.


Field Investigation – Survey Work
 There may be noise and vibrations during drilling and soil sampling.  Surveyors will need to take measurements on the front stoops of many homes.


Geotechnical Investigation
Drill Rig
Scale = 1 H : 1 V

Tunnel Depth = 45 ft to 150 ft Below Ground Surface
Drill String w/Sampler

First Street Tunnel 19-ft Inside Diameter

Max. Sample Depth = 220 ft + Below Ground Surface


Public Outreach Program
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DC Water is working to educate the community and minimize impact of the investigative work and tunneling operations.
Outreach Efforts
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Meetings with Councilmembers, ANCs and neighborhood groups
Project materials with details and contact information Traffic advisories Doorhangers to affected residents DC Water website, listservs and Twitter


Next Steps
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Public Outreach Program Field Work December 2012 – June 2013

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McMillan Storage Construction June 2013 – March 2014
First Street Tunnel Construction 2014 – 2016 NEBT Tunnel Construction 2016 – 2022



Please contact:
DC Water Geotechnical Team Leader: Randy Lentell (202) 787-4450 DC Water 24-hr Emergency: (202) 612-3400 DC Water Office of External Affairs: (202) 787-2200 Email: Website: