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2019 News Releases



Woodstock Skate Park Design Feedback Deadline Extension | City of Virginia Beach, December 9, 2019
The James River Treatment plant hosts public tours ahead of proposed expansion | Daily Press, December 7, 2019
Exmore Council Votes to Join Hampton Road Sanitation District | Eastern Shore Post, December 5, 2019
Virginia once feared some cities would run out of groundwater. But conservation efforts are working. | Daily Press, December 5, 2019
Hampton Roads Sanitation District Selects Greasezilla as the FOG Separation Technology at its Nansemond Treatment Plant | Yahoo! Finance, December 3, 2019
Hampton Roads Sanitation District to host information session about potential expansion in Riverview Farm Park | Daily Press, December 3, 2019
Flood of volunteers measures Norfolk’s increasing tides | Bay Journal, December 2, 2019
Skaters give input on design of Woodstock Skate Park in Virginia Beach | The Virginian-Pilot, December 2, 2019
Jefferson Lab scientists are designing accelerators that one day could help clean the environment | Daily Press, November 30, 2019
Oysterman files Virginia Supreme Court appeal over pollution in Nansemond River |, November 22, 2019
HRSD Resolutions Distributed To Accomack County Towns | Shore Daily News, November 22, 2019
Editorial: Prudent plans require public input | Daily Press, November 20, 2019
U.S. Rep. Luria Holds Constituent Town Hall Meeting in Cape Charles | Eastern Shore Post, November 18, 2019
Hampton Roads Sanitation District wants land in Newport News' Riverview Farm Park | Daily Press, November 14, 2019
The EPA Says We Need to Reuse Wastewater | Scientific American, November 12, 2019
Hydrocyclone Implementation at Two Wastewater Treatment Facilities To Promote Overall Settling Improvement | VTechWorks, November 11, 2019
Exmore Scrambling After DEQ Denies Sewer Funding | Eastern Shore Post, November 7, 2019
Bloxom Urges Decision on HRSD in Time for State Budget Request | Eastern Shore Post, November 4, 2019
Virginia Shore officials to seek state money for regional sewer project | Delmarva Now, October 30, 2019
Counties Exploring Joining Hampton Roads Sanitation District – Part 2 | Shore Dailey News, October 29, 2019
EPA invites 38 projects to apply for WIFIA loans | Water Finance & Management, October 28, 2019
Facts on Joining the Hampton Roads Sanitation District – Part One | Shore Daily News, October 28, 2019
Informational Meeting On Joining the Hampton Roads Sanitation Distr. Held Thursday |, October 25, 2019
HRSD line to serve Hardy Elementary School | The Smithfield Times, October 23, 2019
EAP Invites 38 New Projects to Apply for Water Infrastructure Loans to Improve Water Quality | Water Online, October 22, 2019
HRSD: Sewage leak reached retention pond, intercostal waterway | 13NewsNow, October 7, 2019
HRSD pump station exterior to be completed later this year | Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, September 4, 2019
Saving the Potomac Aquifer | Bacon's Rebellion, August 30, 2019
G.I. sewer extension could cost $4M | Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, August 28, 2019
Food trucks have experienced a surge in Chincoteague, but challenges persist | Delmarva Now, August 22, 2019
Officials meet with HR Sanitation District Reps | Eastern Shore Post, August 22, 2019
Septic system failures continuing problem on Gwynn’s Island | Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, August 21, 2019
Virginia Shore regional sewer plan unveiled | Delmarva Now, August 21, 2019
In James City County, a water crisis by 2.83 million (gallon) cuts | Virginia Mercury, August 18, 2019
HRSD puts James City water treatment plant on backburner | The Virginia Gazette, July 30, 2019
Pump Service Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Violations | Water & Waste Digest, July 25, 2019
Virginia Beach pump company pleads guilty to Clean Water Act violations | WTKR-TV, July 24, 2019
Company pleads guilty to Clean Water Act violations | WVEC-TV, July 24, 2019
Virginia Beach company pleads guilty to dumping grease down manholes | Virginia-Pilot, July 24, 2019
HRSD line may go up Route 10: James River crossing is out. Change could have major impact on Isle of Wight | Smithfield Times, July 23, 2019
Middlesex wants to end dumping of effluent into Urbanna Creek | Southside Sentinel, July 11, 2019
Microplastics are everywhere, but how do they harm the Bay? |, June 19, 2019
Top 500 Sourcebook: Water Treatment Plant Swiftly Moving Full Scale | Engineering News Record (ENR), June 19, 2019
Report on Chesapeake Bay clean-up effort: States not on track | WVEC-TV, May 28, 2019
Landmark for groundwater replenishment | Suffolk News-Herald, May 28, 2019
This park will be closed. Here’s what’s going on | Southside Daily, May 28, 2019
Woodstock Park in Virginia Beach to close for two years | WVEC, May 23, 2019
Installation of 5.2M-gallon underground wastewater tank – topped with new skate park – to close Woodstock Park in June for 2021 re-opening | Virginian-Pilot, May 23, 2019
James City's water supply may not be able to keep up with growing demand. Cranston's Mill Pond could be the answer |
The Virginia Gazette, May 21, 2019
Hampton Roads wastewater-to-aquifer recharge project showing results | The Chesapeake Bay Journal, May 8, 2019
Construction to begin on new HRSD pumping station | Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, May 8, 2019
Rep. Elaine Luria spotlights Virginia Shore in call to improve US infrastructure | Delmarva Daily Times, May 3, 2019
SWIFT solutions at next week's River Talk | Suffolk News Herald, May 2, 2019
Virginia Shore officials tout regional sewer plans | Delmarva now, April 30, 2019
Catch the King catches Guinness World Record | William & Mary News, April 29, 2019
Letter: Aquifer plan is safe and necessary | Virginian-Pilot, April 23, 2019
Letter: Is aquifer refill plan safe? | Virginian-Pilot, April 22, 2019
Cleaner Chesapeake Bay must be a common goal (Editorial) | Daily Press, April 17, 2019
HRSD is now injecting millions of gallons of treated wastewater into our aquifer | Daily Press, April 17, 2019
HRSD is now injecting millions of gallons of treated wastewater into our aquifer | Virginian-Pilot, April 17, 2019
Conditions in James River lead to proposal for new chlorophyll levels | Bay Journal, April 15, 2019
Northam announces Environmental Excellence Awards winners | Augusta Free Press, April 1, 2019
New pump station in Phoebus draws ire of nearby homeowners | Daily Press, March 22 ,2019
Who pays for sewer…and how much? | Southside Sentinel, March 13, 2019
HRSD's request for Carter's Grove land delayed until April | The Virginia Gazette, March 13, 2019
Concerns voiced over plan to discharge more treated effluent into Urbanna Creek | Southside Sentinel, March 11, 2019
Here's what's on tap for the JCC Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday | Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, March 11, 2019
Plan would send sewage out of county | Southside Sentinel, March 11, 2019
Board to consider HRSD land acquisition at Carter's Grove, proposed Wawa | The Virginia Gazette, March 8, 2019
Virginia's Aquifer Recharge Project Receives Oversight Overhaul | Water Online, March 7, 2019
Cooks Corner sewer collection will cost county $1.6 million | Southside Sentinel, February 28, 2019
HRSD's Williamsburg plant has its eye on the future | The Virginia Gazette, February 26, 2019
Governor signs legislation to create oversight for HRSD water treatment project | The Virginia Gazette, February 21, 2019
Sewage system approved for Cooks Corner project | Southside Sentinel, February 21, 2019
Water clinic open to Suffolk, Chesapeake | Suffolk News-Herald, February 8, 2019
JCC Planning Commission supports HRSD request for Carter's Grove land | The Virginia Gazette, February 6, 2019
Wawa and HRSD plant expansion: Here's what's on tap for the James City County Planning Commission this week | Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, February 5, 2019
James City Planning Commission to hear HRSD request for Carter's Grove land acquisition | The Virginia Gazette,
February 4, 2019
Suffolk residents pay 2 to 3 times more for water than other South Hampton Roads cities | Virginian-Pilot, January 31, 2019
Project Profile: Replenishing the Potomac Aquifer | Stormwater Magazine, January 28, 2019
HRSD tackles Indian River challenges: 2019 River Stars Eastern Branch Award | Inside Business, January 21, 2019
Sustained Distinguished Performance 2019: Elizabeth River Stars | Inside Business, January 21, 2019
General Assembly bill would add oversight to HRSD's water treatment project | The Virginia Gazette, January 17, 2019
Watermen sue city, HRSD over pollution | Suffolk News-Herald, January 5, 2019
Suffolk oysterman sues Suffolk, Hampton Roads Sanitation District over polluted oyster beds |, January 3, 2019


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