Government Center Stream Restoration NACo Award

July 17, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Irene Haske, 703-324-5821, TTY 711

Government Center Stream Restoration Wins Prestigious Award

The National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded a 2013 Achievement Award to Fairfax County in July for the “Government Center Innovative Stream Restoration” in the category of Environmental Protection and Energy. Due to the exceptional results and unique innovations, the program was chosen to receive the highest honor of “Best in Category.”  This is the second consecutive year that Fairfax County’s Stormwater Planning Division has received a ‘Best of’ category award from NACo.

The Government Center stream restoration is an innovative water quality project that included a stream restoration and pond retrofits on county property at 12000 Government Center Parkway. The effort was a public/private partnership that provided habitat improvements and public education opportunities.

The most innovative aspect of the project was the use of dredged material that was taken from an existing pond and pumped into custom-made geotextile bags that were placed between stone grade-control structures. The bags were lowered into the bottom of the stream, raising the stream bed elevation and reconnecting the stream to the floodplain. 

The project contributes toward improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay by reducing the amount of phosphorous, nitrogen and sediment that flows into Difficult Run.

Tours of the project may be scheduled through the information officer. Call 703-324-5821, TTY 711, or email

A slideshow of this project is available online.   

before Government Center stream restoration
Government Center Stream Restoration - Before

after Government Center stream restoration
Government Center Stream Restoration - After


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