Scout Partners With Fairfax County
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
Nov. 10, 2005
Scout Partners With Fairfax County For Eagle Ranking
A local Eagle Scout candidate is partnering with Fairfax County to plant more than 200 plants on a stormwater management facility in the Little Hunting Creek watershed on Nov. 19, for advancement to the rank of Eagle.
The scout, Eric Trouton, will begin work at 10 a.m. with 50 volunteers
and Fairfax County Stormwater Management staff to plant 39 native trees
and 221 native shrubs along the banks of a retrofitted stormwater
retention pond as his service project to become an Eagle Scout. The pond
is located at 7628 Essex Manor Place in Alexandria in the Mount Vernon
District and Little Hunting Creek watershed.
This is one of many projects in the Fairfax County Little Hunting Creek Watershed Management Plan that is being implemented to protect and restore streams, meet regulatory compliance for water quality and encourage community involvement in watershed issues in the county.
Trouton and volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs to provide erosion and sediment control for the stormwater management facility and receiving stream. The plants also will help absorb excess nutrients carried in stormwater runoff that would otherwise travel to the nearby stream and degrade water quality.
Implementation of the Little Hunting Creek Watershed Management Plan began in February 2005 and includes large-scale stream cleanups, stream and buffer restorations, the creation of additional wetland areas and installation of new stormwater quantity and quality control devices. Many of these projects will be implemented in partnership with public and private entities.
The watershed management plan was developed in collaboration with residents and approved by members of the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 7, 2005. This and other watershed management plans are being developed for all 30 watersheds in the county and are an important step in restoring the Chesapeake Bay under the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement.
A watershed is an area of land that drains into a body of water. The Little Hunting Creek watershed is one of the most developed watersheds in the county and is facing many challenges, such as stream erosion and poor stream water quality.
The watershed management planning program is administered by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Stormwater Management Business Area. More information can be found on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/watersheds or by contacting Krystal Kearns, Fairfax County communication specialist, at 703-324-5500, TTY 711.