Public Comment Invited on Proposed Changes To Stormwater Management Program


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April 15, 2003

 

Public Comment Invited on Proposed Changes
To Stormwater Management Program

Fairfax County citizens are invited to comment on a report outlining recommended changes to policies, practices and regulations that guide the county's current stormwater management program. A series of public meetings will be held at four locations throughout the county to hear public comment:

Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m. - Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center
Parkway, Fairfax, Conference Center, Rooms 2-3

Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m. - South County Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Main Conference Room #221, 2 floor

Tuesday, May 6, 7 p.m. - Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Main Community Room

Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m. - South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Cafeteria

The report was prepared by a committee established to study the role of regional ponds and other types of stormwater controls as potential watershed management tools. The committee, comprised of 15 members including the Fairfax County Environmental Coordinator and representatives from the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, the Department of Planning and Zoning, the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and the Environmental Quality Advisory Council, prepared the report and invited public comment on the preliminary findings during a meeting held in November 2002. The committee took these comments into consideration in developing its recommendations into the final report, and the committee now is seeking input from all citizens and stakeholders before taking the next step of developing implementation plans.

In the report, the committee has recommended that regional ponds should not be deemed the preferred alternative for stormwater management, but just one of the many tools considered. The report contains 61 recommendations that support this position and outlines ways to improve Fairfax County's stormwater management program. The public meetings will provide an opportunity for citizens to learn about the proposed changes and to contribute ideas to shape the program of the future.

There is no fee to attend the public meetings; however, advanced registration is encouraged so that sufficient materials will be available. To register, please send an e-mail message to swpdmail@fairfaxcounty.gov and include the following information: name, address, e-mail address, phone number and organization represented, if any. Also, please include the date and location of the meeting you plan to attend and indicate if any special accommodations are needed. Interested citizens may also register by calling the Stormwater Planning Division at 703-324-5500, TTY 711 (Virginia Relay Center) and providing the information listed above, including any requests for special accommodations.

Those planning to attend one of the public meetings are encouraged to read the report of the Regional Pond Subcommittee: The Role of Regional Ponds in Fairfax County's Watershed Management, March 3, 2003. The report is posted on the county's Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/Watersheds/ponds.htm. For a printed copy of the report or to request alternative formats, call 703-324-5500, TTY 711.

Comments on the report also may be submitted in writing by Monday, June 2 to swpdmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or to Director, Stormwater Planning Division, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 449, Fairfax, VA 22035.

 

 

FAIRFAX COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO A POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN ALL COUNTY PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. TO REQUEST SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 703-324-3187 OR TTY-703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS

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