Fairfax County Seeks Public Input on Draft Plan for Cub Run

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

July 5, 2005


Fairfax County Seeks Public Input on Draft Plan
for Cub Run and Bull Run Watersheds

The Draft Watershed Plan for the Cub Run and Bull Run watersheds is now available online for public review. The plan will guide county activities in this watershed for the next 20 years and includes numerous projects that will improve the quality of the environment and positively affect neighborhoods, parks, schools, existing businesses and all future development. The county seeks feedback from residents and businesses about the proposed projects and invites anyone who lives, plays and works in the watershed to attend one of the two following Draft Plan Review Workshops:

  • Thursday, July 28; 7–9:30 p.m. at Bull Run Elementary School, 15301 Lee Highway, Centreville
  • Monday, Aug. 1; 7–9:30 p.m. at Rocky Run Middle Schoo , 4400 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly

Participants are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early to register and enjoy refreshments and informational displays. The workshops are free and are being held to offer residents a chance to provide ideas and suggestions before the plan is finalized. Each workshop will begin with a brief overview of the draft plan and continue with an open house of four subwatershed stations, where participants will be able to learn about and comment on the proposed projects for each subwatershed. Residents may also provide feedback by going online and completing a comment form.

Participants may review the plan online prior to the workshop by visiting the county's Web site at www.fairfaxcounty-watersheds.net, then clicking “Find a Watershed,” selecting “Cub Run” or “Bull Run” on the map, and downloading sections of the plan.

The county and the engineering firm of Camp, Dresser and McKee have worked extensively with a Community Advisory Committee throughout the development of the draft plan to capture the issues that are of most concern to the local community. The advisory committee consists of 28 members representing local neighborhood associations, civic associations, environmental and conservation groups, businesses and developers, recreation, local government and transportation, as well as Loudoun County and Dulles Airport.

The Cub Run and Bull Run watershed planning effort began in early 2004 and is scheduled for completion in late 2005. The draft watershed plan identifies solutions to the major watershed problems identified by the public, including uncontrolled stormwater runoff, stream erosion, poor stream habitat, polluted runoff to the region's water supply of the Occoquan Reservoir, trash and sedimentation. The draft plan is a reflection of the community's concerns collected from three previous public meetings as well as the work of the advisory committee. Proposed projects include a wide range of actions involving structural projects, educational activities and outreach, and policy recommendations.

Specific proposed projects include regional ponds, stream restorations, riparian buffer restorations, dry pond retrofits, trash and dump site removal from stream valleys, and low-impact development measures at existing county facilities. On the policy side, recommendations include integrating low-impact development measures into new developments, improving interjurisdictional cooperation with Loudoun County and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, engaging the public through education and outreach efforts, reducing pollution from existing neighborhoods, and designing stormwater facilities to provide opportunities for education and recreation.

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. 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, Greenbriar and Fair Lakes to the east.

These workshops are 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 is a tool for evaluating water resource problems and implementing solutions. Tackling each of its 30 watersheds, Fairfax County intends to complete all of the watershed plans by 2010 and begin implementing priority strategies immediately.

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 . For additional information, contact Fred A. Rose, P.E., chief, Watershed Planning and Assessment Branch or Matt Meyers, P.E., 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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