Get Involved in Watershed Management Planning
In 2003, Fairfax County initiated a process to develop comprehensive watershed management plans for each of the county's 30 watersheds. Today, more than half of the county has plans adopted by the Board of Supervisors; the remaining land area should have adopted plans by spring 2011.
A watershed management plan initially serves as a tool to identify and address the issues impacting our environment, with the ultimate goal being the protection and restoration of county streams and other water resources. There are many new technologies and creative planning tools that can be applied to restore and protect our watersheds.
Click on a watershed name in the map or in
the list below to find completed plans, plans in development and
to get involved in your watershed.
There are two public meetings for each plan. These meetings provide education on watershed issues and seek resident input on issues confronting each watershed.
- Introductory and Issues Scoping Forum: At the first meeting, the county presented the planning process to the community and developed an initial list of watershed issues and concerns. This forum was designed to prepare the community for informed input on development of the watershed management plan.
- Draft Plan Forum: The second meeting will provide the community with an opportunity to review the draft watershed plan and provide input.
Community involvement is a vital component in developing and implementing a successful plan. For each plan, a Watershed Advisory Group of local stakeholders was developed after the Introductory and Issues Scoping Forum. This group assisted in the creation of the plans by advising the county about community outreach opportunities, highlighting key issues affecting their watershed and reviewing the draft watershed management plan.
Questions? Please contact the Stormwater Planning Division at 703-324-5500, TTY 711 or by e-mail.