Wakefield Run Stream Restoration Project: A Partnership to Restore a Tributary of Accotink Creek
September 25, 2012
Wakefield Run Stream Restoration Project: A Partnership to Restore a Tributary of Accotink Creek.
Recently, the Fairfax County Park Authority approached the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District to design and install a natural channel restoration project for a small, highly degraded, unnamed stream in Wakefield Park. Its bed and banks were eroding, and sediment flowed into Accotink Creek. Using $75,000 the Park Authority had received from the Express Lanes, this project was originally designed for only the first 340 feet of the stream, starting from where it entered the park from a culvert under the Beltway. Subsequently, the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services provided an additional $300,000 to extend the project another 400 feet to where a Cross-County Trail bridge crosses the stream, just before it joins Accotink Creek.
Dominion Virginia Power has also has joined this partnership and will provide $35,000 in support of the restoration project, helping to extend it all the way to Accotink Creek, and underwriting the cost of the multi-use stream crossing within its easement. The crossing had also been deteriorating and was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Lee. The newly stabilized crossing will be used by hikers, runners, mountain bikers and service vehicles.
The proposed design will include creating meanders and gentle slopes, stabilizing and planting the banks, replacing a large rip-rapped culvert outfall with a shorter, more effective outfall including micropools, and reconstruction of the stream crossing. When completed, the project will restore the stream to a stable condition and improve water quality in Accotink Creek.
To bring more attention to this project, this summer, county residents were invited to suggest a name for this “unnamed tributary.” Two additional partners, the Friends of Accotink Creek and my office, worked to help get the word out about this initiative. Twenty-seven suggestions were received and the Friends ultimately selected the nomination made by Don Waye, who grew up in Braddock District, calling this stream “Wakefield Run.”
To highlight the importance of such public private partnerships and to encourage other organizations to support efforts to improve our streams, I ask that the partners be brought before the Board for a ceremonial presentation of the check from Virginia Dominion Power and to recognize the partners for their efforts to restore this stream.