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FIRST STREET TUNNEL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
PUBLIC MEETING APRIL 24, 2013 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

The purpose of tonight’s meeting is to present the proposed project to the public; present project impacts as described in the Environmental Assessment (EA); and gather public input on the proposed project and the EA.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY DC CLEAN RIVERS PROJECT

What is a Combined Sewer Overflow or CSO?
• DC Water’s wastewater collection system is comprised of 67% "separate" and 33% "combined" sewers. • Separate systems are comprised of two independent piping systems: one for "sanitary" sewage (i.e., sewage from homes and businesses) and one for stormwater. • Combined sewer systems convey both sanitary sewage and stormwater in one piping system. • During dry weather, sanitary wastes collected in the combined sewer system are diverted to the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. • The sanitary wastes are diverted at facilities called regulators. • When the capacity of a combined sewer is exceeded during storms, the excess flow, which is a mixture of sewage and stormwater runoff, is discharged directly into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, Rock Creek, or tributary waters. These discharges are referred to as Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO). • Release of this excess flow is necessary to prevent flooding in homes, basements, businesses, and streets.

DC Clean Rivers Project
• In 2005, DC Water began implementing the DC Clean Rivers Project to: – Reduce flooding in the Northeast Boundary Drainage area, which includes the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods; and – Control CSOs to the Anacostia River, Potomac River, and Rock Creek • The DC Clean Rivers Project is required to be completed by 2025 by a Federal Consent Decree. • The Anacostia River Projects, part of the DC Clean Rivers Project, include the construction of a system of large-diameter tunnels to store and/or convey CSOs. • In 2010, the National Park Service and DC Water prepared an Environmental Assessment Report to assess potential impacts of the Anacostia River Projects.

Groundbreaking Event for the DC Clean Rivers Project

Mayor’s Task Force Flood Relief Plan
• Four storms caused major flooding on July 10, 18, and 19, and September 2, 2012 in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods. • In August 2012, Mayor Gray assembled the Mayor’s Task Force on the Prevention of Flooding in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park (Task Force), which included residents from the affected communities, government officials, and DC Water representatives. • The Task Force was charged with advising the Mayor on the causes of and potential actions to prevent flooding in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park. • The Task Force developed a report submitted to the Mayor in December 2012 that included a range of recommendations that could be implemented over the short, medium, and long-term to reduce flooding. • Recommendations include: – Short-term Remedial Measures
• Backwater Valve Program • Rain Barrel Program • Green Infrastructure Program

– Medium-term Mitigation Strategies
• • 6 million gallons of CSO Storage at McMillan Sand Filtration Site 6 million gallons of CSO Storage in the First Street, NW Tunnel DC Clean Rivers Project – a system of tunnels and diversion sewers for the capture of CSOs to Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers for treatment at DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.

– Long-term Strategy

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Purpose and Need
• Historically, and more recently on July 10, 18, 19, and September 2, 2012, certain intense rainfall events cause stormwater and combined sewage to flood the residential neighborhoods of Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park. • During these intense storms, residents reported flooding of their basements from sewer backups and/or overland flow resulting in damage to private property. • The purpose of the project is to provide medium-term relief from flood events and sewer backups in these neighborhoods by providing CSO storage capacity until 2022 when the First Street Tunnel will be connected to the new Northeast Boundary Tunnel.

Flooding at the intersection of First and V Streets, NW

Flooded Basement

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Project Overview
• PURPOSE: Flood relief for Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods. • Approximately 18.5 feet in diameter and 2,700 feet long. • Provide storage for 6 million gallons of CSO. • 40 to160 feet below ground. • Diversion chambers would be constructed to divert CSOs to the tunnel for storage when the capacity of the existing sewer is exceeded. • Drop shafts would be constructed to convey CSOs to the tunnel from existing sewer above. • CSO would be held in the tunnel until flows in the existing sewers subside. • Construction of the First Street Tunnel and related facilities would occur from October 2013 through June 2016.

Cross Section of the First Street Tunnel

Hydraulic Profile of the First Street Tunnel First Street Tunnel Schematic and Inflows

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Project Benefits
• Provide storage for an additional 6 million gallons of CSO to reduce flooding in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods. • Reduce the nuisance and economic costs caused by flooding. • Reduce risks to human health. • Prevent deterioration of historic resources from water damage caused by flooding. • Reduce untreated wastewater discharges into the Anacostia River. • A significant step toward a permanent solution to flooding in the area.

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Environmental Considerations
• Parking, traffic, and public transportation would be temporarily disrupted during construction periods. • Construction activities would generate noise in sensitive residential areas. • Vibrations caused by construction activities would be above ambient levels. • Emissions from construction equipment, fugitive dust, and numerous vehicular trips to and from construction sites would have effects on local air quality. • Construction may require temporary disconnection of utilities such as water, gas, and electric. • Alteration of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site would affect a local historic resource.

Ingersoll-Rand G290 Generator
Source: www.mascus.com

McMillan Sand Filtration Plant

Dump Truck
Source: www.ritchiewiki.com

Samuel Gompers House 2122 First Street, NW, Bloomingdale

Crane-Mounted Drill Rig

FIRST STREET TUNNEL Construction Staging and Alternative Parking Locations

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Construction Staging Areas

Channing Street Mining Shaft and Sewer Connection

Adams Street Diversion Chamber, Drop Shaft, and Staging Area

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Construction Staging Areas

V Street Diversion Chamber, Drop Shaft, and Staging Area

Thomas and First Street Temporary Pumping Station and Staging Area

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Parking and Traffic Study
• Traffic Study being completed in coordination with DDOT • Alternative Parking identified to offset temporary parking impacts • DC Fire and EMS will be provided continuous access to all residences • City Services (such as Trash Collection, Mail, etc.) will continue

Alternative Parking During Construction (approximately 90 spaces)

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How to Comment
DC Water values and welcomes your input on this project!
You can submit your comments several different ways. Choose the one that is easiest for you. 1) Online at http://www.dcwater.com/FirstStreetTunnelEA 2) Email comments to dccleanrivers@dcwater.com 3) Fax comments to (202) 787-2297 4) Mail comments to: DC Clean Rivers Project c/o First Street Tunnel Project EA DC Water and Sewer Authority 5000 Overlook Ave., SW Washington, DC 20032

Please be sure to submit your comments no later than May 15, 2013.

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