Fairfax County’s Trashiest Stream Gets a Facelift


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June 9, 2005

 

Fairfax County’s Trashiest Stream Gets a Facelift

Fairfax County’s Stormwater Management Division is teaming with consultants to conduct a three-week long stream cleanup in a portion of the county’s trashiest stream, Little Hunting Creek.

trash in Little Hunting Creek

Shopping carts, furniture, cans, tires, bottles, and trash litter a portion of Little Hunting Creek. This section of Little Hunting Creek is the trashiest in Fairfax County and is slated for cleanup starting Monday, June 20, 2005 . (Photo/Fairfax County)

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Little Hunting Creek is riddled with debris, including shopping carts, bottles, cans, mattresses, tires and household waste. Some of the trash was dumped deliberately into the creek, but much of it has floated in rainwater throughout the years from the surrounding watersheds made up of homes, buildings, roads, sidewalks, shopping centers and storm drains that lead directly to the stream.

The portion of Little Hunting Creek slated for cleanup is located in Alexandria near the intersection of Richmond Highway and Buckman Road. The county’s contractor, TruGreen Land Care, will begin the removal of debris in an approximately one-half mile section of stream on Monday, June 20, and finish approximately two weeks later, completing the toughest stream cleanup in the county’s history.

This portion of Little Hunting Creek was identified as a priority for cleanup in the Little Hunting Creek watershed plan developed in partnership with residents and representatives from local organizations and businesses within the watershed. The recommended projects will improve, protect, and restore local water bodies; prevent flooding; reduce erosion; and restore related natural resources. The stream cleanup is one of approximately 25 recommended watershed improvement projects currently being implemented in the Little Hunting Creek watershed.

On Feb. 7, 2005, the Board of Supervisors approved the Little Hunting Creek watershed management plan, 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.

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 Krystal Kearns, communication specialist, Watershed Planning and Assessment Branch at 703-324-5500, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/stormwater.


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