News to Use Podcast Transcript: May 16, 2012
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for May
16, 2012. Coming up, learn about National Public Works Week, the 13th
Annual Tim Harmon Recovery Run/Walk 5K, Bike Month and Bike to Work Day,
and the countywide transit network study. Links to topics mentioned in
this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Fairfax County celebrates National Public Works Week May 20-26. The
county’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services takes this
special time to recognize the lasting contributions of its employees who
collect and recycle trash, clean wastewater and streams, assist residents
and local developers, preserve and plant trees, construct county
buildings, prevent flooding, educate the public, keep the county
government going during snow and other emergencies and protect the
Capital Facilities plans, designs and builds county buildings and
revitalizes commercial and residential neighborhoods.
Land Development Services guides county development to meet all safety
and health standards and assists residents with planning decks and
major home improvements.
Solid Waste Management ensures the environmentally responsible disposal
and recycling of more than 1 million tons of trash each year.
Stormwater Management controls polluted runoff from roofs, roads and
other hard surfaces which protects public safety, preserves property
values and supports environmental initiatives.
Wastewater Management protects public health and improves water quality
by collecting and treating wastewater.
- Urban Forestry Management plants and preserves trees and works to control gypsy moths, fall cankerworms and emerald ash borers from threatening the tree population in the county.
For more about Fairfax County’s public works department and how public works works for its residents, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/.
The 13th Annual Tim Harmon Recovery Run/Walk 5K will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 8:30 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The event is sponsored by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board to raise awareness about substance abuse and Hepatitis C, to raise funds to help people served by the CSB and to honor the memory of Tim Harmon, a former CSB employee. Race registration is $20 before June 9; $25 after that date. Additional information about the race is available at www.timharmon5K.org.
May is Bike Month and biking to work, school or anyplace else is good for the environment, helps reduces traffic congestion and benefits public health. On Friday, May 18 — Bike to Work Day 2012 – there will be nine pit stops in Fairfax County where bike commuters can get free snacks, drinks and bicycle tune-ups. In Fairfax County, according to 2010 census estimates, only .2 percent of residents commute to work by bicycle and 1.8 percent walk. Learn more about Bike to Work Day, county bike facilities and maps, call the Fairfax County Department of Transportation at 703-324-BIKE; that’s 703-324-2453.
Finally, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation’s countywide transit network study will help determine the type of transit systems needed to accommodate desired economic growth throughout the county over the next several decades. The study will develop recommendations for where Metrorail should be extended, where streetcar or light-rail systems are appropriate and where dedicated lanes that allow buses to move faster could go. The study will also recommend how the system can be phased in and funded over time. Find out more, including how to take the survey, at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/2050transitstudy/.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.