Work Continues at Both Lake Royal and Accotink

Royal Lake Reforestation Plan

As part of the ongoing dam rehabilitation efforts in Braddock District, the Royal Lake Dam emergency spillway was recently completed. In support of the County’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, and to mitigate tree loss that was required to complete this work, a reforestation project is planned in the vicinity of Lakeside Park, as well as other areas along Rabbit Branch.

These plans have been developed with the support of the Park Authority and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. The cost of the project, 60 percent of which will be paid by the Federal Government, is anticipated to be $100,000. The county plans to undertake this work in early November.  A meeting has been scheduled to present the proposed reforestation plan to the community:

PLACE: Laurel Ridge Elementary School Cafeteria
ADDRESS: 10110 Commonwealth Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22032
DATE: Monday, October 26, 2009;  TIME: 7:00 P.M.

Immediately adjacent neighbors will be notified by mail.  However, anyone with an interest in this effort is encouraged to participate.


Lake Accotink Dam

Repairs to the Lake Accotink Dam/Spillway are now well underway. The Dam, which was built in 1943, was in need of a major facelift and approximately 40% of the spillway face will be replaced. Also included in the contract is the replacement of the Wooden Flash Boards that are attached to the crest of the dam; replacement of the existing Riprap within the stilling basin, and installation of a gravel ‘Toe Drain’ on the lower side of the earthen embankment.

Finally, a system of remote monitors will be installed to detect the movement of water through the embankment and detect flooding.  If the weather holds, the contractor hopes to complete this work by the end of this year.

However, the rains last week caused the dam to overflow and have temporarily shut down the project.  Closure of the trail in front of the dam remains in effect Mondays through Thursdays, although it will be open on Federal Holidays.


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