Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Approves Watershed Management Plan


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Feb. 8, 2005

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Approves Watershed Management Plan

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the Little Hunting Creek watershed management plan on Monday, Feb. 7, the first of 15 watershed planning projects to restore and protect streams, meet regulatory compliance for water quality, and encourage community involvement in watershed issues in Fairfax County.

Representatives from the Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division and members of the Little Hunting Creek steering committee were present at the Feb. 7 Board meeting when members of the Board of Supervisors approved the Little Hunting Creek watershed management plan.

“We are very pleased that the plan was approved,” says Fred Rose, the Watershed Planning and Assessment Branch Chief. “This plan is the first step in restoring the watersheds of Fairfax County.”

The Little Hunting Creek watershed plan provides strategies to improve stream water quality; reduce stream velocities and bank erosion; improve stream habitat; and reduce road, house, and yard flooding in the Little Hunting Creek watershed. The plan is also one step in restoring the Chesapeake Bay under the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement.

The watershed management plan includes a myriad of projects endorsed by residents such as stream restoration; rain barrel sales; riparian vegetation buffer restoration; water quality improvements to existing stormwater facilities; and recommended modifications to the County Code and other supporting documents such as the Public Facilities Manual for the improvement of watersheds.

“The plan was developed in close collaboration with residents,” says Rose. “The community input for the plan ensures that it is carried out using a teamwork approach.”

The Little Hunting Creek Watershed Plan was developed with guidance from a steering committee comprised of 15 residents representing diverse publics and interests in the watershed. The committee met 12 times over one and a half years to help identify problems in the watershed, develop solutions, and review the watershed management plan.

Residents living, working, and recreating in Little Hunting Creek also participated in the development of the plan. Two public meetings were conducted to involve the public in the formulation of the issues and problems to be addressed in the plan and two workshops were conducted to present draft versions of the plan to the community.

Woolpert LLP prepared the Little Hunting Creek Watershed Management Plan in association with the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia. The watershed plan process began with the first steering committee meeting in March 2003 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.

Projects and other recommendations of the plan will be initiated and funded through the annual budget process. The design and implementation phase will begin immediately for 19 of the projects included in the Little Hunting Creek Watershed Management Plan. The total cost of complete implementation of the plan over 25 years is estimated at $30.4 million. Of that amount, $26.6 million is attributed to project implementation costs and $3.8 million is for development of policies and subsequent administration.

The county will develop management plans for all 30 of its watersheds that empty into the Potomac River and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay. Plans are currently being developed in Popes Head Creek, Cameron Run, Cub Run, Difficult Run and Pimmit Run. The plans provide a consistent basis for evaluating problems and implementing solutions for watershed management.

The Little Hunting Creek project and the watershed planning program are administered by the Stormwater Planning Division of the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. More information can be found on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/watersheds. For additional information, contact Fred A. Rose, P.E., chief, Watershed Planning and Assessment Branch or Paul Shirey, P.E., program manager, at 703-324-5500, TTY 711.

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