Lake Barton Dam Structure to be Improved Beginning Next Year
Residents of the Braddock District have reason to be proud of the lakes that are located throughout our community. Most of us usually view them as aesthetic and recreational additions to our neighborhoods.
However, many citizens do not realize that the dams serving each of our lakes protect us from the effects of devastating storms; holding back millions of gallons of water that would otherwise contribute to local flooding. They are designed to store water and gradually release it into the stream through a spillway pipe.
Lake Barton alone can store the runoff from any storm that dumps as much as nine inches of rain falling over a 24 hour period. These lakes also hold back significant amounts of phosphorous and other metals that would otherwise contribute to the pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. This is a significant water quality benefit to the region.
Lake Barton, otherwise known as the Pohick Creek Dam Site Number 2, was constructed in 1978, and on Monday, August 3rd, Supervisor Cook was privileged to participate in a ceremony where Fairfax County signed an agreement with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to fund the rehabilitation of Lake Barton’s aging dam structure. Work will begin next year and is a major commitment by Fairfax County to protect the infrastructure that protects you.
The Lake Barton dam rehabilitation project will assure continued recreation and safety benefits to the 1,585 people who live and work downstream. It will protect 192 homes, 38 businesses and three public buildings. It will also protect roadways used by over 73,000 vehicles per day and protect the railroad lines used by 9,000 passengers per day.
Supervisor Cook would like to thank all of the citizens who participated in the hours of meeting that led to this ceremony. Their efforts have immeasurably strengthened the final plan.