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Occoquan watershed study won’t delay data center decisions despite pollution concerns

A crew team uses a dock at Lake Ridge Marina on the Occoquan Reservoir. [Photo: Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye Facebook Page]
Prince William Board of County Supervisors ordered a study water study in the wake of multiple data center campuses looking to build in the area. 

The study, to be overseen by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, will examine and detail what sediments are flowing into the Occoquan Reservoir, one of the largest drinking water sources in Prince William County. Two-thirds of all stormwater runoff in the county end up in the reservoir. 

The study comes as residents have voiced concerns that the continued development of the county's rural areas with new data center campuses would produce more sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus that can pollute the reservoir. 

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