Update on Pohick Watershed Plan

As mentioned in the July Beacon, Fairfax County is currently soliciting comments on its Draft Pohick Creek Watershed Management Plan. At a forum held at Sangster Elementary School on July 27, residents heard about restoring this Watershed, and reviewed projects broken into two priority phases.

The first phase would take place within 10 years at a cost of $46 million, and identifies 46 projects in Braddock District. A description of each project is available with the online version of this article. The second phase includes all other viable structural and non-structural projects, and would be addressed in a 10-25 year timeframe at an additional cost of $48 million. A major goal of these projects is to reduce sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous in the Pohick Watershed to improve water quality.

Costs associated with projects in Pohick Creek would be paid for with County funds. Beginning in 2006, the Board of Supervisors dedicated $0.01 per $100 of assessed value from the county’s real estate tax revenue ($17.6 million) towards the overall stormwater management program.

The full plan is available here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/watersheds/pohickcreek_docs.htm and affords the opportunity to provide comments on-line. A list of Braddock District projects is also available. If you have any questions, you may also contact Shannon Curtis, at 703-324-5811.

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