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RiverRenew Community Listening Sessions to Gather Input on Locations of Proposed Tunnels

From Monday, September 17 through Tuesday, September 25, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) will host a series of four community listening sessions to solicit feedback on locations for the proposed tunnels to remediate Alexandria’s combined sewer outfalls. Formerly referred to as Option B+ in the Long Term Control Plan Update and the Alexandria Wet Weather Program, the program was recently renamed “RiverRenew.”

The RiverRenew team will be on hand to discuss the program, answer your questions, and receive your comments. One of the listening sessions will also be the Agency and Public Scoping Meeting for the Environmental Assessment process and will be in conjunction with the National Park Service. The public is invited to attend any or all of the community events below. Details are as follows:

September 17 Community Listening Session

United Way Mary M. Gates Learning Center, 701 N Fairfax St., from 6 to 8 p.m.*, Room 101

September 20 Community Listening Session 

Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town, 1456 Duke St., from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.* (all-day open house), Prince Conference Room

September 24 Community Listening Session

St. Mary Catholic School, 400 Green St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.*, Multipurpose Room

September 25 Community Listening Session and Agency/Public Scoping Meeting with the National Park Service

Alexandria Renew Enterprises Environmental Center, 1800 Limerick St., from 6 to 8 p.m.*, 6th floor

*Events are an Open House format. Come when you can and plan on staying approximately 30 minutes.

Advancing the concept recommended by the 2018 Long Term Control Plan Update, RiverRenew will prevent millions of gallons of sewage mixed with rainwater from being discharged to Alexandria’s waterways. The program features a new tunnel system coupled with upgrades to AlexRenew’s Water Resource Recovery Facility to capture and treat the discharges from Alexandria’s four existing combined sewer outfalls during rain events. These listening sessions are intended to bring the community up to speed on the proposed tunnel routes and facility locations, solicit feedback, and optimize the design to minimize community impacts.

Please note that the RiverRenew community listening sessions are not related to the City’s Stormwater Management Program. For more information on that program, including information on upcoming public meetings, visit

For more information or questions regarding the community listening sessions, please contact RiverRenew at [email protected], or 703-518-6030.

Please visit to learn more about the program, listening sessions, and other upcoming events.

Please visit to learn more about the program, listening sessions, and other upcoming events.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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