PLANNED SITE TOURS (Planned for Friday, January 19, 2018)
*Preliminary, subject to change.
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development will offer a tour of key economic development sites throughout the city, with particular emphasis on those sites likely to generate significant additional sales and/or property taxes for the District over the coming years. These sites will include the following: Capitol Crossing, Navy Yard, Buzzard Point and the Wharf, amongst others.
DCA: The DCA tour participants will see early construction stages and hear about the Airports Authority’s plans for Project Journey, the construction of a $1.2 billion new North Concourse and redevelopment of the existing Terminal to reconfigure National Hall to provide for enhanced security operations. A bus will take participants around the perimeter of the airfield to provide insight on airfield operations such as security enhancements, aircraft positioning, snow removal and fueling.
IAD: The IAD tour, which will approach the airport via the Dulles Airport Access Highway, will allow participants not only to observe the Dulles Toll Road’s operations, but also to receive a narrated tour of the operational Phase 1 and Phase 2 construction progress of the Metrorail Silver Line project. Once on the Airport, an Airport Operations Officer will provide a tour of the Dulles Airport Operations Office. Participants will receive a ‘bird’s eye’ view of the Airport via the Ramp Tower.
DC Water will offer a tour of its Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment plant, which is the largest plant of its kind in the world. On an average day, the facility treats close to 300 million gallons of wastewater and has the ability to treat over 1 billion gallons a day at peak flow. Wastewater flows in from the District of Columbia and from Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland and Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia.
The plant opened as a primary treatment facility in 1937. Since that time, new processes and technologies have been added to provide advanced wastewater treatment. The Blue Plains facility now uses both primary and secondary treatment as well as denitrification, multimedia filtration and chlorination/dechlorination during the treatment process.
At DC Water, we believe wastewater is more than just waste. During the treatment process, useful products like biosolids and energy are extracted to be reused. We land apply our biosolids across the region, recycling nitrogen and phosphorous back into local soils. The thermal hydrolysis process used in our digesters generates about 10 megawatts of electricity that we reuse to cut our electricity consumption by a third. These efforts help to continue to improve our treatment process and remain a leader in sustainability for the future.