Meeting Seeks Input from Residents and Businesses in Cub Run and Bull Run Watersheds


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

March 3 , 2005

Meeting Seeks Input from Residents and Businesses
in Cub Run and Bull Run Watersheds

Residents of all ages, organizations and businesses in Fairfax County interested in the quality of the Cub Run and Bull Run watershed are invited to attend a free Community Watershed Forum on Saturday, March 19, at Westfield High School, 4701 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The forum is being held to offer residents a chance to provide ideas and suggestions for remedying the major watershed problems of storm water overflows, stream erosion, habitat degradation, polluted runoff, trash and sedimentation. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. for the forum, which is sponsored by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. Participants will be provided a light lunch.

During the forum, participants will learn from local experts about watershed issues affecting their streams and neighborhoods, as well as innovative new methods for correcting these problems. A new film by David Eckert, “Reining in the Storm, One Building at a Time,” will introduce participants to five key elements of low-impact development - conservation, minimization, disconnection, infiltration and education. Participants will then be asked to identify specific locations of water-related problems in their community, and provide suggestions on the kinds of strategies they would most like the county to pursue to remedy the problems.

The forum is also offering a special environmental education session for youth that is concurrent with the main forum. Parents are encouraged to bring their children while attending the main forum or stay with their children to learn about watersheds, animals that live in streams and stream valleys and stream monitoring with fun hands-on activities.

The Cub Run and Bull Run Watershed is approximately 60 square miles, and is located in western Fairfax County and eastern Loudoun County. A watershed is an area of land that drains to a particular river or water body. The waters in Cub Run and Bull Run flow into the Occoquan Reservoir, which serves as a source of drinking water for Fairfax County residents. More specifically, Cub Run and Bull Run watersheds include the areas roughly delineated by Dulles Airport and Chantilly to the north, Loudoun County to the west, Bull Run Post Office Road and Centreville Road to the south, and I-66, Greenbrier and Fair Lakes to the east.

Problems common to many urban watersheds, such as uncontrolled storm water runoff, stream bank erosion, habitat degradation and litter, are present in the Cub Run and Bull Run Watershed. Community involvement is essential to identify specific locations in which these problems occur, and to generate solutions to these problems that meet the needs of the community.

This forum is part of a larger countywide effort to develop and implement watershed plans to protect, preserve and restore the county's streams and other natural resources. The county's efforts are also an important contribution to Virginia's statewide effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay. A watershed management plan serves as a tool to identify and address sources of pollution and to ensure future protection for county water resources. Tackling each of its thirty watersheds, Fairfax County intends to complete all of the watershed plans by 2010 and begin implementing priority strategies immediately. There are many new technologies and creative planning tools that can be applied to protect, mitigate and restore watersheds.

The Cub Run and Bull Run watershed planning effort began in early 2004 and is due to be completed in November 2005. With guidance and advice from the county's Stormwater Planning Division, the planning effort is now being led by a large citizens' advisory committee. The 29-member citizens committee includes representatives from local neighborhood associations, civic associations, environmental and conservation groups, businesses and developers, recreation, local government, transportation, as well as upstream Loudoun County and downstream Occoquan Reservoir watershed.

Also assisting the planning effort are Camp, Dresser & McKee, who will examine data on existing watershed problems and provide recommendations for solutions, and the University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation, who will facilitate both the advisory committee's work and the remaining public workshops. In addition to the watershed forum scheduled for March 19, the county will offer two additional public workshops, to present the draft and final versions of the watershed plan, in July and October, respectively.

Advance registration for the March 19 forum is recommended, but not required. Registration is particularly recommended for the children's environmental education session. To register, contact Bill Barrack at 703-642-5500, TTY 711 or via e-mail cubrun-admin@virginia.edu. For additional information about Fairfax County's watershed planning effort, contact Matthew Meyers, Stormwater Planning Division, at 703-324-5500, TTY or visit the Fairfax County Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/watersheds.

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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