Fairfax County to Host Public Meeting on Completed Countywide Stream Assessment


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Feb. 9, 2004

Fairfax County to Host Public Meeting on Completed Countywide Stream Assessment

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services will host a public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Fairfax County Government Center Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, to present results from a recently completed countywide assessment of stream conditions.

The completion of the stream assessment project represents a major milestone in the county's watershed planning program and will provide necessary information for the development of management plans in each of the county's watersheds. Data from this project will allow a more comprehensive understanding of streams and watersheds in Fairfax County. The data will be integrated with other watershed and stream assessment information to develop predictive tools for evaluating the impact of watershed changes on stream quality.

The countywide stream assessment project was initiated by the Stormwater Planning Division of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services in the spring of 2002. The services of CH2M HILL, an engineering, construction and operations consulting firm, were retained to conduct assessments of approximately 800 stream miles countywide. The assessments included an evaluation of overall stream habitat and physical conditions, and descriptions of features such as stream crossings, stormwater drainage pipes, utility crossings, streambank erosion, deficient buffers and stream obstructions. Overall, 17 percent of the stream reaches assessed were rated to have good or excellent habitat conditions, 45 percent had fair habitat conditions, while 38 percent had poor or very poor habitat conditions.

Citizen input will be an important component as the county develops each watershed’s management plan, and county staff will work closely with local communities to develop solutions to the problems identified in the stream assessment. For more information concerning watershed management planning efforts currently underway in the county or to register for the meeting online, please visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/watersheds.

For additional information about the countywide stream assessment project, contact Carl E. Bouchard, P.E., director, Stormwater Planning Division, or Fred A. Rose, P.E., chief, Stormwater Management Branch, at 703-324-5500, TTY 711.

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, TTY 703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS.

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