Lake Barton Rehabilitation Plan for Flood Protection


Aug. 13, 2009
OPA 143/09

News Highlights  

  • Lake Barton has helped relieve downstream flood damages for 31 years.
  • Lake will not be drained during construction.
  • Complete details of the plan can be found online.

More Information 

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 recently signed a dam rehabilitation plan for Lake Barton in Fairfax. This watershed project, built in 1978, and five dams, built between 1970 and 1985, are part of the Pohick Creek Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Project. For 31 years, Lake Barton has helped relieve downstream flood damages and will continue to provide optimal flood control, as well as improved water quality, wildlife habitat and recreational and aesthetic benefits.

The lake will not be drained during construction and the top of the dam will not be raised. Approximately 0.4 acres of trees will be removed to accommodate the new spillway alignment. Most of the trees will be replanted upon project completion. The estimated cost of the project is $2.6 million. The Virginia NRCS will pay 71 percent of the cost, as covered by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The remaining cost will be paid by Fairfax County.  

This federally assisted project was built by the Virginia NRCS in cooperation with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and Fairfax County. Fairfax County operates and maintains the dam and has been recognized for its efforts nationwide.

Complete rehabilitation plan details are available on the Virginia NRCS Web site. For more information on the dam rehabilitation, contact Diane Hoffman, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, at 703-324-1433, TTY 711; Wade Biddix, Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service, at 804-287-1675, TTY 711; or Randy Bartlett, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, at 703-324-5500, TTY 711. 

 

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