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Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Noman Monroe Cole, Jr.

1933 - 1997

 
 
Noman Monroe Cole, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 28, 2008
1. Noman Monroe Cole, Jr. Marker
Inscription.  
An engineer who believed science must serve people; a citizen who believed one person could make a difference, and did.

The Potomac River in the 1960's was one of the most polluted waterways in the country. The major source of Potomac River pollution was sewage from the growing population of the Washington Metro area. Other vital waterways of Northern Virginia and the entire Commonwealth suffered from similar pollution. Today, Pohick Bay, the Potomac River, the Occoquan River and many other waterways of the Commonwealth demonstrated dramatic improvement in water quality. These waters are now favorite places to enjoy nature and water activities, and they provide safe water supplies for Virginia’s citizens.

Credit for this transformation goes one man whose expertise, persistence and political skills forced the issue upon the public until results were achieved. Noman Monroe Cole, Jr., was the undisputed leader of efforts to achieve what presidents and others had failed to do: rid the Potomac and the waters of Virginia of serious pollution. Serving as Chairman of the Virginia State Water Control Board from 1971
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to 1975, by his leadership he convinced the public and political leaders that technology could achieve clean water at an affordable price to everyone’s benefit. He believed that an informed public caring about environmental concerns could make a difference. He achieved consensus between government and citizen leaders to assume the great challenge of cleaning our waters. He demanded and received cooperation from federal, state and local officials, always testing solutions with pragmatism, dedication and commitment to achieving results. His legacy reflects his love of our waters, his love of nature and his belief that science should a and must serve mankind.

His courage, vision and integrity inspired all to recognize that one person can make a difference. He always answered when called to difficult tasks. His accomplishments ensure a clean environment today and challenge all citizens to maintain and continue to improve the environmental legacy to future generations.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEnvironmentWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1971.
 
Location. 38° 42.13′ N, 77° 12.486′ W. Marker is in Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Armistead Road near Richmond Highway (U.S. 1), in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lorton VA 22079, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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Noman Monroe Cole, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 28, 2008
2. Noman Monroe Cole, Jr. Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph W. Jordan (approx. 0.4 miles away); Deputy Sheriff George A. Malcolm (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lorton Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); William Brown, M.D. (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Washingtons at Pohick Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Herris Stone (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wagener (approx. 0.9 miles away); Peter Wagener, III (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorton.
 
More about this marker. The stone monument features a map of the area around the Potomac River, from the West Virginia border to the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Noman Monroe Cole, Jr. </b>(from the marker) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 28, 2008
3. Noman Monroe Cole, Jr. (from the marker)
Entrance to Noman Monroe Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 28, 2008
4. Entrance to Noman Monroe Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant
On February 23, 1998, the Board of Supervisors for the County of Fairfax, Virginia unanimously voted in favor of commemorating Mr. Noman Cole by renaming the Lower Potomac Pollution Control Plant to the Noman Monroe Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant and to establish a monument at the entrance of the facility in Lorton. The monument was paid for through private donations.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,970 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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