Arlington bans charity carwashes due to pollution

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Arlington is cracking down on charity carwashes under new state storm water permits that could also affect activity elsewhere.

The Washington Post ( ) reports Boy Scouts from Troop 162 in Arlington were planning a carwash fundraiser for a weeklong canoe trip this summer. But their scoutmaster heard about new regulations, and their plans changed.

Virginia and other states use permit programs to limit pollution flowing into storm water systems. Those permits have recently become more stringent due to Chesapeake Bay cleanup requirements.

Arlington was the first Virginia jurisdiction to renew its program under tougher regulations and is cracking down on carwash fundraisers. Other jurisdictions are considering restrictions.

Kim Coble of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the impact of every school group and scout troop that holds a carwash adds up.


Information from: The Washington Post,

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  • Jerry McMillen

    Wash Water Control starts with a couple SandSnakes $10.ea, a Shop Vac ~$100, and a PuddleSucker $19.50 Mobile detailers control their wash water and have fulltime jobs.. There’s NO reason to “shutDown” a charity car wash.. they just need to know ‘the Best available technology”.. Why does it have to seem like StormWater Enforcement Hates kids ??.. This is called “Industrial Sin”

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