Difficult Run Watershed Workshop

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551

Fairfax, VA 22035-0065

703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Nov. 10, 2005

Fairfax County Seeks Community Participation for

Difficult Run Watershed Workshop

Fairfax County residents are invited to attend one of three public workshops scheduled for Nov. 16, 17 and 19, to learn about and comment on the draft Difficult Run Watershed Management Plan and its proposed projects to restore streams, improve water quality, and reduce flooding in the Difficult Run watershed.

Anyone who lives, works or recreates in the Difficult Run watershed is invited and encouraged to attend one of the three workshops to help shape the future of the watershed. The workshops are scheduled on different dates and locations with a focus on different geographic areas of the watershed. Residents may attend the workshop that fits into their schedule or that focuses on their geographic area.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7 – 9:15 p.m.

    Region Focus: Eastern: Lower Difficult Run, Middle Difficult Run, Sharpers Run, Rocky Run, Old Courthouse Spring Branch, Wolftrap Creek

    Meeting Location: Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna
  • Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 – 9:15 p.m.

    Region Focus: Southern: Little Difficult Run, South Fork Run, Upper Difficult Run, Rocky Branch, Piney Branch, Angelico Branch

    Meeting Location: Fairfax County Government Center, Room 3, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
  • Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 – 3:15 p.m.

    Region Focus: Reston/Western: The Glade, Snakeden Branch, Colvin Run, Dog Run, Piney Run, Captain Hickory Branch

    Meeting Location: Forest Edge Elementary School, 1501 Becontree Land, Reston

Each workshop will have displays, presentations and group discussions on the draft plan, giving residents an opportunity to learn about proposed watershed projects and comment on the plan. An optional “Watershed Basics” session will begin 30 minutes prior to each workshop start time and a question and answer session with Fairfax County staff and consultants will conclude each workshop.

Residents may view the draft Difficult Run Watershed Management Plan online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/watersheds or at local libraries, including Herndon Fortnightly, Great Falls, Reston Regional, Fairfax City, and Patrick Henry. For library locations, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/default.htm.

The Difficult Run watershed is facing many environmental challenges, such as the loss of tree buffers, stream bank erosion, polluted runoff, flooding and litter. The draft watershed management plan identifies solutions to these and other problems.

A watershed is an area of land that drains into a body of water. The Difficult Run watershed is the largest watershed in Fairfax County and is comprised of areas in north-central Fairfax County from Great Falls to the city of Fairfax and from Tysons Corner to Herndon.

Fairfax County is developing management plans for all 30 of its watersheds that empty into the Potomac River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay to protect and restore streams and related natural resources. As part of the development of each management plan, county staff members are working with local communities to identify issues and generate solutions to problems in their respective subwatersheds.

This project and the watershed planning program are administered by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Stormwater Management Business Area. For more information and to view a map of the county’s watersheds, visit www.fairfaxcounty-watersheds.net/uploads/documents/5/DF_Forum3_Newsletter_Blurb-C_0920.pdf. Additional information is also available on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/watersheds or by contacting Krystal Kearns or Paul Shirey, P.E., at 703-324-5500, TTY 711.

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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