Combined Sewer Overflow Event documents

Tom Nash filed this request with the Mayor's Office of Richmond, VA.


From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All memos and reports mentioning the "Combined sewer overflow event" that occurred on 6/18/2013

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Tom Nash

From: Wallace, Michael - OPS

Mr. Nash,

Please see the attached response to your records request.

From: Fountain, Angela D. - DPU

MuckRock News -

This correspondence is in response to the FOIA request sent to the
Mayor's Press Secretary on June 18, 2013 regarding the CSO event that
occurred in Richmond on June 18, 2013. There are no charges for
retrieving the requested information as the effort required was minimal.
Please find attached the notifications that were sent out regarding the
CSO event that occurred on June 18, 2013 and the follow up email that
was sent once the CSO event ended.

The City of Richmond has a communication tool, to comply with the Clean
Water Act, which sends a list of persons who sign up on the DPU website
an email that informs users of the river that when a rainfall event
exceeds 0.2 inches per hour of rainfall combined sewage, partially
treated wastewater, will be discharged to the James River (an event).
This happens when the Shockoe Retention Basin gets filled and when that
holding capacity is full, as well as the Hampton McCloy Tunnel, and the
wastewater treatment plant is operating at its maximum capacity a
combined sewer overflow occurs. As the website explains we provide this
information in an email to those who subscribe in order that they are
informed in decision making whether or not to have primary contact,
swimming, in the James River. The email notification is sent to many
users and re-sent by other groups and websites that are interested in
clean water.

Please let me know if you require any further information.

From: Tom Nash

Thanks so much Angela.