Officials Sign Royal Lake Rehabilitation Plan


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Sept. 25, 2006

Officials Sign Royal Lake Rehabilitation Plan
for Flood Protection

Fairfax County, the Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District signed a dam rehabilitation plan today, Sept. 25, for Royal Lake in Fairfax. This watershed project, built in 1977, provides an innovative way to guard against flooding and property damage in a developing watershed. It was the first of its kind and a national trendsetter by helping to relieve downstream flood damages. It also has and will continue to provide optimal flood control, as well as improved water quality, wildlife habitat, recreational and aesthetic benefits.

“Today’s agreement is an important commitment to protecting people, property and the environment,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly. “This project will ensure the health of this dam for the next 70 years.”

The lake will not be drained during construction and the top of the dam will not be raised. The walking paths that are affected will be relocated. Some trees will be removed to accommodate the new spillway alignment. The estimated total cost of the project is $3,059,000. The NRCS will pay 65 percent of the cost with the remaining cost paid for by Fairfax County. The NRCS has requested federal funding for this project during fiscal year 2007.

This federally assisted project was built by the Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service in cooperation with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and Fairfax County. Fairfax County has operated and maintained the dam and has been recognized for its efforts nationwide.

Complete rehabilitation plan details are available on the Virginia NRCS Web site at ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/VA/Programs/watershed_info/pohick_creek_4.pdf. For more information on the dam rehabilitation, contact Diane Hoffman with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District at 703-324-1433, TTY 711, Wade Biddix with the state Natural Resources Conservation Service at 804-287-1675, TTY 711, or Randy Bartlett with the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services at 703-324-5500, TTY 711.

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