September Park and Environmental Update

The ReBuild Warehouse’s Sustainability Workshop Series

You may know the ReBuild Warehouse as a place to get recycled fixtures and construction materials, but the organization also sponsors a weekend workshop series.

Fall Vegetables and Preparing Your Garden for Winter, set for Saturday, September 17 at 11 a.m.
Come learn about cultivating fall vegetables and putting your garden to ‘sleep’ for the winter. Techniques in season extenders, row covers and mulching and composting will be discussed. Adria Bordas focuses on several diverse program areas which include pest detection and diagnosis of plant and insect problems, water quality and nutrient management, and invasive pest management.
Adria is also responsible for the Fairfax County and Green Spring Master Gardener Volunteer programs. Both groups of volunteers help Fairfax County residents answer landscape questions at Plant Clinics, the Master Gardener Horticulture Helpdesk and through educational programs for the public such as the Ecosavvy Symposium. Fee: $10 at the door or preregister. Location: 6625-B Iron Place Springfield, VA 22151.

Sustainable Home Renovation: Going Solar, Confessions of a Reformed Power Hog! set for Saturday, October 15 at 11 a.m.
Join this class to hear how one Arlington family successfully made the transition to solar and have dropped their monthly electric costs in their all-electric home by 75 percent! Julie Bruns will present a PowerPoint presentation recounting her family’s journey from being “clueless” (her words) energy users to low carbon footprint electricity users to actually having some months in 2010 when their electricity bill has been zero!

If you are considering ways to reduce your energy bills with a combination energy efficiency/solar energy solution, you will not want to miss her exciting presentation.
She will demonstrate that estimates for reducing your electrical and heating expenses by as much as 50 to 75 percent are quite feasible. Her presentation will inspire you to take a serious look at solar to keep more money in your pocket and out of Dominion Power’s.
Save 50 percent by preregistering for Part 2 by September 16th for $30, or $10 at the door. Location: The ReBuild Warehouse, 6625 Iron Place, Springfield, VA 22151.

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Friends of Accotink Creek Sponsor Town Hall

Last month, the Braddock Beacon incldued a guest column written by a current Board member of the Friends of Accotink Creek, describing how the organization was at a crossroads and needed an infusion of both interest and commitment from members of the community to carry on its mission. The Friends of Accotink Creek is committed to protecting, promoting and restoring the water quality, natural habitat and ecological well-being of the Accotink Creek watershed.

A meeting to discuss the future of this group will be held on September 29 at 8929 Colesbury Place in the Mantua community at 7:00 pm. To RSVP, contact
The Accotink Watershed has been declared to be impaired by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Environmental Protection Agency is poised to impose new and significant requirements on Fairfax County to improve the health of this 52 square mile watershed - the second largest in Fairfax County.

Braddock’s 68 acre Lake Accotink is located in the center of this watershed and exerts significant influence on the drainage characteristics of the entire watershed. Supervisor Cook urges all Braddock neighbors who are concerned about the future of Accotink Creek to attend this important meeting. If you cannot attend but would like to be involved, please call the Braddock office at 703-425-9300.

Keep Safety in Mind When Using Your Outdoor Fire Pits

Although we are reaching the end of grilling season, many homeowners have purchased the highly popular portable ‘firepits’ that are available at numerous retail outlets. There are potential fire risks associated with misuse of such equipment, including: accidentally igniting adjacent vegetation, and building features such as balconies, decks, and vinyl siding, as well as risks from inadequately extinguishing the fire and improperly disposing of leftover ashes.

The Fairfax County Fire Department has issued guidelines about which you should be aware:
    •The operation and storage of portable outdoor fireplaces on balconies and decks or within 15 feet of residential occupancies other than detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses is against the law.
    •Although one and two family dwellings and townhouses are exempted from the Fire Prevention Code, the use of portable outdoor fireplaces near combustible balconies and decks is strongly discouraged.
    •If such devices are placed closer than 15 feet to a structure, noncombustible, insulating materials such as patio blocks/pavers or a hearth pad should be used to help protect from radiant heat and stray embers.

For the full list of recommendations and a list of questions and answers, go to the following link:

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