Environmental News in the Braddock District

 Lake Accotink Spillway Repair

Work on the Lake Accotink spillway continues to be delayed due to weather conditions over the winter and a blockage in the outlet control structure that is preventing proper drawdown of the lake.

The County has hired a contractor to clear and repair the outlet control structure. There is currently a barge on site to dredge and remove approximately 1,600 cubic yards of silt and other debris from around the riser. Already, the County has discovered that the structure itself was blocked by a Trash Rack that had been smashed into the structure by a log.

Once the outlet control structure is functioning properly, the contractor will begin drawing down the lake. The additional contract cost is significant, and just this week the contractor was authorized to hire a diver to go into the structure to investigate what else might be causing this blockage and assess how to undertake repairs. A major consideration at this point is designing a protective piece to prevent this from happening again. Your patience during this process is greatly appreciated


Woodglen Lake Dam Rehabilitation

On May 15, Supervisor Cook will join Chairman Bulova and Federal and State officials to mark the start of the long awaited rehabilitation of the Woodglen Lake dam. This ceremony will take place at the Lake at 1:00 p.m. near the Fireside Court entrance.

This project is a continuation of the county’s commitment to ensuring that all Pohick PL-566 lakes meet current dam standards, and is a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. On this project, the County has also tapped Federal stimulus funds.

The total cost of this project is estimated to be approximately $1.7 million, of which $600,000 is County funds. When completed, the project will ensure the protection of over 400 homes, 20 public commercial and industrial facilities and the VRE railroad.

A notice to proceed was issued to the contractor, Environmental Quality Services, on April 26 and community residents will see a new temporary road being created to access the Lake south of Bonnie Brae Elementary School.

The contract is expected to take approximately 120 days. Parents are encouraged to remind their children that this is a construction site and should avoid entering the site limits, identified by orange fencing, at any time. During the project, pedestrian trails will be detoured and there will be construction traffic in and around the project site.


A Friendly Reminder to Clean Up After Your Dog

Spring is here and with the warmer weather, more of us are coming out of our cocoons and enjoying the outdoors again. We take more walks, and often take them with our dogs. We have beautiful lakes and trails in the Braddock District that add to the pleasure of getting outside for exercise. But it is never a pleasure to find waste from someone else’s animal in your front yard or on the bottom of your shoe.

All of us can help with this. When you walk your dog, use bags to pick up after your animal and take extra bags to share with others. Some neighborhoods have places where you can grab a bag and where others can bring their extra bags.

And remember, there are people who are afraid of dogs, so please, keep them leashed and under control. If you really feel like they need to be able to run, keep them in a fenced yard or take advantage of the one the several dog parks in the county.

Those of us with dogs need to remember that the Fairfax County Code specifically addresses issues such as keeping animals on a leash and picking up animal waste. Section 41.1-2-4 addresses the leash law, stating that no dog shall run unrestricted other than under certain specific circumstances. Section 41.1-2-6 states “The owner or custodian of any dog shall be responsible for the removal of excreta deposited by such dog on the property of another, including public places.” Failure to abide by either of these is a Class 4 misdemeanor and can mean a fine of $250.

Let’s enjoy the beauty of the Braddock District by walking our dogs responsibly and treating our neighbors courteously.

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