NVSWCD Mid-year Report February 28, 2012



Fairfax County Community Development Center (Herrity Building), Room 941
12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035
February 28, 2012

Mid-Year Review of NVSWCD Programs and Projects

Highlights of accomplishments from July through December 2011 (1st half of FY 2012)

Goal 1 – Leadership in Natural Resource Conservation – Board members, associates and staff serve on local and state groups, such as the Environmental Coordinating Committee, Tree Commission, Engineering Standards Review Committee (ESRC), VASWCD Board and NACD. With prompting and input from private industry, the NVSWCD Soil Scientist worked with County staff to revamp the testing requirements for the design of infiltration facilities, which were approved by the ESRC. Best practices were demonstrated with the rain garden project completed with several partners at Marymount University; a workshop for homeowners has been held on-site. The Little Pimmit Run III project demonstrated using natural channel design techniques to solve the problem of an exposed sanitary sewer and to stabilize a stream and a drainage channel.

Goal 2 – High Quality Technical Assistance. Agriculture – 4 new and 2 revised soil and water quality conservation plans were prepared for 189 acres. In response to an algae problem downstream, a nutrient management plan for a golf course in Centreville was prepared; it included establishing or improving 4,600 linear feet of riparian buffer.

High Quality Technical Assistance to the County – 11 sites were evaluated for the annual Land Conservation Awards. The rehabilitation of Lake Barton was completed and the annual O&M inspection of the six Pohick Creek PL-566 structures was conducted. The Little Pimmit Run sanitary sewer stabilization and streambank stabilization project was designed and constructed. Assistance was provided to resolve code violations on a horse-keeping operation. 54 rezoning applications were reviewed with special attention to natural resources and environmental impacts; comments and recommendations were sent to DPZ. 16 site plans were reviewed for adequacy of erosion and sediment control, stormwater and environmentally sensitive aspects; comments were sent to DPWES-LDS. Assistance was provided to help solve drainage and stream problems to the County (27), state and VDOT (7) and the BLM federal land on Mason Neck (2).

High Quality Technical Assistance to Organizations and Citizens and Private Industry – 54 homeowner site visits, 29 pond site visits and 71 phone or email assists were made to help landowners with erosion, drainage, and foundation issues. One example was where NVSWCD partnered with several organizations to make recommendations to the Rain Tree HOA for fixing an erosion and drainage problem on a large easement next to the Beltway. In addition there were 899 inquiries for general information. Eleven homeowner properties in Patton Terrace were selected for a retrofit study and potential project that will help solve stormwater problems. Technical assistance was provided to 13 private industry firms.

Goal 3 – Increase Stewardship Through Outreach and Education – 21 storm drain marking and outreach projects were completed by 186 volunteers, educating 8,542 households and labeling 1,869 inlets. 250 rain barrels were built and distributed during 5 build your own workshops and 1 pre-made distribution event. The volunteer stream monitoring program includes 21 active sites and 45 monitors. There were 10 monitoring training workshops attended by 65 volunteers and 7 monitoring field trips conducted for 365 students. The Enviroscape watershed model was demonstrated to every 7th grader at Longfellow Middle school; 4 staff and 2 Master Naturalists presented to 5 classes a day for five days. There were 6 other presentations for a total audience of 650. 3 Green Breakfasts were held (Offshore Wind Power – Environmental Issues in the 2012 General Assembly – Stormwater, TMDLs and MS-4). Staff made 50 presentations (rain gardens, composting, soil art, urban water quality, tours) for 2,181 attendees. 4 presentations were in Spanish, 4 were for Master Naturalist trainings, and 2 were for garden clubs. Exhibits were taken to 3 events. 698 publications were distributed. Two issues of Conservation Currents were published, with 2,000 copies distributed via courier and mail. 6 issues of the Watershed Calendar were emailed to 975. There were 10 Green Group announcements emailed to 548. 23 announcements were posted on the website. There were 40,553 visitors during the 6 months, of which 70% were unique visitors; there were 59,566 page views. 1,500 copies of the 2010-2011 Biennial Report were published. 6 Envirothon teams began training for the spring competitions. The District assisted with connecting volunteers to sites for the annual International Coastal Cleanups. 6 high school students spent 3 weeks working on environmental projects and learning and then presenting about environmental issues.

Goal 4 – Strengthen and Facilitate Partnerships – Much of the District’s work is accomplished with partnerships. Partners include public agencies and private groups, often working together to implement a project. Examples include Reforest Fairfax, a tree gifting program facilitated by the Fairfax County Restoration Project and Fairfax ReLeaf, with help from NVSWCD (21 gifts bought to plant 105 trees and raising $730 for Fairfax ReLeaf), projects such as Little Pimmit Run and the Marymount rain garden, cleanups, workshops for homeowners, working groups, rain garden workshops, and the Potomac Watershed Roundtable. The Fairfax Master Naturalists received the 2011 Cooperator of the Year Award in recognition of their assistance with several District programs.

Goal 5 – Ensure a Strong Organization – An Annual Plan of Work was approved. A budget was developed and funding request submitted to the County. Required fiscal and program reporting was completed on time. The website is continually improved. Staff attends training and conferences. A strong volunteer workforce is supported. Interns are recruited and provide valuable assistance.

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