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The Religious Institutions Valuing Environmental Responsibility (RIVER) coalition is working to address the unjust Clean River Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) which is an unfair and unreasonable fee that is being applied illogically and in a manner that is destructive to the Washington, D.C. community.  This fee is rising exponentially each year until 2030 and is threatening to put houses of worship and non-profit organizations out of business.  The National Arboretum pays $400,000 per year, even though it is not part of the storm drain system.  

To join the RIVER coalition follow this link

Jodie Fleischer of NBC4 Did extensive and labor intensive investigative reports:  For the best explanations of the issue: 

Read Councilmember Todd’s legislation in response 

  • The board of DC Water is meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. to specifically discuss possible resolutions to the situation.  While this is a step in the right direction, is not necessarily a definitive sign that they are actually serious since they refused to actually take action in February; and
  • The D.C. City Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment is having a hearing to discuss “water rates” on Friday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at the D.C. Council Chambers in the Wilson Building. 

Washington Post Op-Ed