Enivronmental News in the Braddock District

Fight The Bite: Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes This Summer

West Nile Virus is spread through the bite of an infected Mosquito. In some people, West Nile Virus will produce no symptoms, while others may experience fever, fatigue, headache, or swollen lymph glands. A few may experience serious complications, such as a stiff neck, severe headache, change in mental status, paralysis, seizures or even death. The best way to protect yourself from West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, wear light-colored, long sleeved shirts and pants, and eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing sources of standing water from around your house.

Fairfax County address this issue through its Disease Carrying Insects Program (DCIP). Established in 2003 to monitor and control West Nile virus (WNV), DCIP has since expanded to include ticks and tick-borne diseases. The mission of the DCIP is threefold: vector and disease surveillance, vector management and community outreach activities. For more information on the County’s DCIP program please vist: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/westnile/

To help you combat mosquitos this summer, in the Braddock Office we have MosquitoDunks, which float on water and will kill mosquito larvae for 30 days or longer. While floating, they slowly release a long-term, biological mosquito larvicide that gradually settles in the water where it is eaten by the mosquito larvae. These are great to use in bird baths, flower pots, water gardens, rain barrels or roof gutters. So stop by the office and pick up a pack.


Input Sought for Pohick Creek Watershed Plan

A community forum will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 to review the Draft Pohick Creek Watershed Plan. This forum is open to all residents, and will be held in the Sangster Elementary School cafeteria (7400 Reservation Drive, Springfield, VA 22153). Registration is from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meeting is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include an introduction to the watershed planning process and the draft plan document. Participants will be asked to provide their feedback and comments on the plan and on projects that are proposed for Pohick Creek.

Watershed plans are important tools for improving the water resources, natural habitat and overall health of each of the county’s 30 watersheds. The Pohick plan was initiated by Fairfax County with participation from local residents and is part of an ongoing watershed planning effort. It is a recognition that the practice of stormwater/watershed management has rapidly evolved to include newer technologies, innovative techniques and many regulatory changes governing water quality at the local, state and federal levels. This plan is intended as a management tool to be used over the next 25 years, and fulfills Fairfax County’s commitment to the effort of improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Projects costs over the next decade could reach $46 million.

Pohick Creek originates near the George Mason University campus and its headwaters primarily drain the Burke area. The Pohick Creek watershed makes up more than 9 percent of Fairfax County and covers more than 36 square miles, which makes it one of the largest watersheds in the County. The watershed contains two other major tributaries, Middle Run and South Run, which flow from northwest to southeast. This watershed ultimately drains into Pohick Bay and Gunston Cove before reaching the Potomac River.

A copy of the draft plan is available in the Braddock District office or can be accessed at the following site:

Supervisor Cook looks forward to receiving your comments on this important effort. Any civic or homeowner association interested in having a presentation on this draft plan or in obtaining a CD with the full plan should contact Danielle.Wynn@fairfaxcounty.gov Public comment period closes 30 days after the public meeting.

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