State of West Virginia Emergency Operations Center staffed by the National Guard after the 2014 Elk River chemical spill in Charleston, WV.


The Worth of Water: Part 1

January 13, 2015 | Tags: Charleston, do not drink advisory, Elk River, MCHM, the National Guard, water quality, West Virginia, West Virginia Spill, WV

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The Yardstick

Climate & Energy, Energy, Environment, Land Use, Transportation

2014 COG Series Provides In-Depth Look at Region’s Infrastructure

In 2014, the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments identified regional infrastructure as its focus and held a series on COG’s main areas of expertise, such as transportation, water, energy, and public safety communications. Officials planned the series to identify policy, advocacy, and outreach actions around key infrastructure needs. Click here […]

Climate & Energy

Are you interested in joining the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee?

A Guest Post by Current Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee Vice-Chair, Glenna Tinney I have served on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee (ACPAC) for four years.  For the past year, I have been the Vice Chair of the ACPAC.  I originally submitted my application to be […]

Coalition Work, Health, Land Use, Transportation

More Activity in Activity Centers: Coalition Focuses on Public Health and Placemaking

Officials, planners, and stakeholders need to consider public health when making decisions about land use, transportation, and other infrastructure, according to Dr. Mark Fenton, who spoke at the October meeting of the Region Forward Coalition. Fenton, a Tufts University professor, spoke to “landscaping a social ecology for health,” which includes planning communities with walkable retail, […]

Health & Human Services, Housing

The PicMe Project: COG’s Newest Foster Care Adoption Initiative

November is National Adoption Month. It is an annual campaign to increase public awareness of the half million children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care across the country. In the National Capital Region, there is some good news. Through COG’s regional adoption programs, like Wednesday’s Child, and the work of COG member […]


Officials Highlight Airport Infrastructure, Plans for Future Expansion

Earlier this month, airports joined the ongoing conversation about regional infrastructure and officials highlighted their impact on the economy. The discussion at the October Board of Directors meeting of the Council of Governments also covered air travel trends and how the region can support future, balanced growth at its airports. COG Senior Transportation Planner Rich […]