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October 18, 2019
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Recognizing the Region’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals
On Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals Day (June 30) and year-round, it’s important to recognize the fundamental role this part of the workforce plays in protecting public health and the environment in metropolitan Washington. 
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Employers Receive Awards for Outstanding Commute Alternative Programs
COG announced the winners of the 19th Annual Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Awards, recognizing employers in the region for their exceptional commitment to advancing alternative commute options to help mitigate traffic congestion and contribute to cleaner air through reduced auto emissions.
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EPA, States Acknowledge Success of Wastewater Contributions to Chesapeake Bay Restoration
The wastewater sector in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is meeting its 2025 nutrient pollution limits—or Total Maximum Daily Load—nearly a decade ahead of schedule according to the EPA, putting the sector at the forefront of Bay restoration efforts.  This milestone was celebrated by area leaders at a June 13 event held at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.
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Region Steps Up Coordination in Response to Metro’s SafeTrack Plan
During SafeTrack, COG has been working with area officials and business community partners to share information, coordinate traffic mitigation plans, and promote transportation alternatives, telework, and flexible work schedules.
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After 42 years, Bob Griffiths is retiring from COG
On June 17, Bob Griffiths retired from COG after serving the organization and region for 42 years. Over the course of Griffiths’ four-decade rise from intern to senior director within the department of transportation planning, he continually found innovative ways to gather and share valuable data with regional decision-makers.
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Statement by COG National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council Chairman David Snyder - Orlando Tragedy
Chairman highlights tips, resources on reporting suspicious activity and preparing for active shooter events.
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Transit Officials Offer Advice, Input to Area Leaders Working to Restore Metrorail as a World-Class System
COG, Board of Trade hosted area leaders and transit officials from NYC, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, and Miami at second event in Metrorail at 40 series.
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Metropolitan Washington Celebrates Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week
Local governments and water utilities across metropolitan Washington have worked for decades to reduce pollutants entering the Bay and improve its water quality—and these efforts are being celebrated during Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. Read more in a press release and Chesapeake Bay Journal op-ed by COG Chesapeake Bay Committee Chairman Craig Rice.
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Q&A with Fairfax County Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross
Fairfax County's Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross has been on the COG Board of Directors since 1997, and is the longest-serving member. In this Q&A, Gross discusses her career in public service, regional accomplishments, and her current work as COG’s Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee Chairwoman.

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Memorial Day Holiday Traffic Expected to Peak on Thursday Afternoon
Traffic analysts at the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) recently examined historical traffic information on area freeways in the days leading up to Memorial Day weekend. According to the analysis, traffic is consistently worse on Thursday than on Friday, running counter to a common perception that the Friday before the holiday weekend is the worst time to travel.
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