Director, Clean Rivers Project
Carlton Ray is the Director for the CSO Long Term Control Plan, recently renamed the Clean Rivers Project. Mr. Ray is responsible for implementing DC Water's 20-year, $2.6-billion federally mandated consent decree to control Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). The Clean Rivers Project includes the development and construction of water quality improvements including a system of large tunnels along the Anacostia River, Rock Creek and Potomac River which capture and convey combined sewage overflow for proper treatment at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility. The 60+ person DC Clean Rivers technical staff consists of engineers with expertise in tunnels, large underground structures, hydraulics, environmental, water quality, QA/QC, geotechnical and tunnel safety expertise. The Clean Rivers team works under a very tight compliance schedule with significant penalties if designated milestones are not met.
Previously, Mr. Ray worked at the Department of Public Works in Indianapolis, Indiana as the Chief Engineer, Deputy Director and CSO program lead. In addition to his significant engineering duties specific to the advanced wastewater treatment facilities and sewer/storm infrastructure, he also led the engineering team that successfully developed and negotiated a $1.8 billion consent decree between the City of Indianapolis, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to address CSOs. Mr. Ray successfully negotiated sanitary and MS4 NPDES permits and served as the contract compliance officer of one of the largest public/private sanitary treatment and collection system operations contracts in the world ($30+ million/annual) at Indianapolis.
Carlton Ray has more than 25 years of engineering and leadership experience in both public and private civil engineering sectors. Mr. Ray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University.