Input for Middle Potomac Watersheds Plan
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
Oct. 18, 2005
County Seeks Input for Middle Potomac Watersheds Plan
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Fairfax County will sponsor a watershed plan workshop for residents and businesses within the Middle Potomac watersheds, which include Pimmit Run, Scotts Run, Turkey Run, Dead Run and Bull Neck Run. The workshop will be held at Longfellow Middle School, 2000 Westmoreland Street, McLean, from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m.
Fairfax County is seeking public input to review ideas proposed to protect and restore the watersheds of the Middle Potomac. There will be displays with information about the watersheds beginning at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., attendees will sign up to participate in a discussion about their watershed, followed by a presentation about the watersheds’ problems and proposed solutions at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will then break into discussion groups to evaluate specific projects and provide feedback for the five watersheds.
A watershed is the land area that drains to a particular stream or water body. This first draft of the watershed plan provides the proposed strategy for managing land to reduce pollution, protect health and safety and provide opportunities for safe public enjoyment of the stream valleys. The Middle Potomac Watersheds Management Plan is part of a comprehensive county strategy to develop management plans for all of the county’s 30 watersheds.
Fairfax County is doing its part to protect local streams while also helping Virginia meet its commitment for a cleaner Chesapeake Bay, since all county streams eventually drain into the Chesapeake. The Middle Potomac watersheds provide valuable resources to the community, not only as drainage systems, but also as natural and recreational resources for the residents of the watersheds.
The Middle Potomac watersheds planning process began in September 2004 and will be completed in April 2006. The county hired Woolpert Inc. and the University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation to encourage community involvement, analyze data on existing watershed problems and provide recommendations to improve the watersheds’ condition.
The plan’s development is advised by the Middle Potomac Watersheds Steering Committee, composed of 18 community representatives from neighborhoods, businesses, conservation groups and other local interests, such as Fairfax Trails and Streams, the McLean Citizen’s Association and the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. In addition to seeking input from the steering committee through its regular meetings, Fairfax County is sponsoring several workshops to gain community input on plan actions.
Since the headwaters of Pimmit Run, Scotts Run, Turkey Run, Dead Run and Bull Neck Run are located in the intensely developed centers of Tysons and McLean, these streams suffer from problems common to older, developed urban watersheds – paved land cover, loss of natural stream buffers, flooding, stream bank erosion, polluted runoff and trash. Many of the older neighborhoods in the Middle Potomac watersheds were developed prior to stormwater management requirements.
Families, developers, business owners, civic associations, neighborhood groups and everyone who lives or works in the five watershed areas are encouraged to attend the workshop. Advanced registration is not required but is requested. To register, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-820-3840, ext. 2234, TTY 711. Walk-in registrations are welcome.
For more information on the Middle Potomac Watersheds Planning Project visit the Fairfax County watersheds Web site at www.fairfaxcounty-watersheds.net. Click on “find a watershed” and choose any of the five Middle Potomac watersheds.
The Stormwater Planning Division of the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services administers the watershed planning program. For additional information, contact Fred A. Rose, P.E., chief, Stormwater Management Branch, or Matthew Meyers, P.E., project manager, at 703-324-5500, TTY 711.