Kingstowne Park Ponds: Information About the Breaches
On the evening of Thursday, Sept. 30, heavy rains caused two ponds in the Kingstowne Park community to breach, draining water from two of the five ponds in the area.
The ponds are located between Old Telegraph Road and Kingstowne Village Parkway in the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County.
There were no injuries or homes flooded as a result of the breach, but the county will be placing fences around these two ponds as a safety precaution. We are taking this step because our engineers do not know if it is safe for people, pets or wildlife to walk on or around these two ponds.
The ponds were two of five basins that were once part of an old gravel
pit operation. They were not built by the county and are not part of our
stormwater management system.
The county is evaluating what actions to pursue – both short term and long term. In the short term, county resource management specialists and ecologists are evaluating any potential environmental impact. County civil and geotechnical engineers also are studying the situation. In the long term, we will be examining the site’s current use, its stormwater and environmental needs, its on-going watershed management efforts, and the county’s overall stormwater needs.
We know that these ponds have been an important part of Kingstowne for many years, and we will be sure to engage the community in discussions about future plans.
For more information about the ponds, contact the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services’ Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division at 703-877-2800, TTY 711. Contact the Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8662, TTY 711, for questions about the trail in the area.