County Seeks Community Participation for Popes Head Creek Watershed Plan


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 25, 2005

 

County Seeks Community Participation
for Popes Head Creek Watershed Plan

Fairfax County invites residents to a final draft plan review workshop on Tuesday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Clifton Elementary School, 7010 Clifton Road, Clifton.

Residents are encouraged to review and provide feedback on the Popes Head Creek watershed management final draft plan. The plan outlines problems identified in the watershed and solutions to protect and restore streams and related natural resources.

“We strongly encourage residents to attend the workshop,” says Paul Shirey, Fairfax County program manager. “Community input ensures that the plan is making progress toward improving the watershed’s condition and the quality of life for residents and businesses.”

The workshop will provide an overview of the project and management strategies developed by a team of county staff, consultants, residents and members of the Popes Head Creek advisory committee. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn about different elements of the plan in detail and provide feedback.

Advanced registration is not required, but will help coordinators ensure adequate space and materials. To reserve a space, please contact Curt Ostrodka at 703-488-3713, TTY 711 or curt.ostrodka@amec.com.

Popes Head Creek originates in the southwestern area of the City of Fairfax and flows into Bull Run at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park. A recently completed physical assessment of more than 800 miles of streams in Fairfax County, combined with ongoing biological monitoring by local volunteers, shows that Popes Head Creek is exhibiting signs of degradation associated with watershed growth. Data show that this watershed suffers from some problems common to streams in developing watersheds such as loss of natural buffers, flooding, stream bank erosion, polluted runoff and litter.

This 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/. Select the link, “Know What’s Happening in Your Watershed and Get Involved!” then click on “Find A Watershed” and click on “Popes Head Creek” on the map.

For additional information, contact Fred A. Rose, P.E., chief, Stormwater Management Branch or Kate Bennett, assistant project manager, 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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