News to Use Podcast Transcript: October 31, 2012

Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for October 31, 2012. Coming up, learn about rain gardens, the importance of picking up after your dog, another certified green building in the county, and ways to stay information with county news and information. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Rain gardens are attractive landscape features that allow rain water and snow melt to soak into the ground. A layer of mulch and plants intercept water running off streets, driveways and rooftops, slowing its flow and removing pollutants before the water reaches local streams and the Potomac River. A rain garden workshop for homeowners will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This partnership-based workshop will take place at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street in Arlington. To register, email Aileen Winquist at


What’s more disgusting than picking up doggie stuff? Stepping in it! What’s even more disgusting than that? How about fishing or swimming in it? Or getting your drinking water from sources that contain dog stuff? Cleaning up dog waste, with its bacteria, parasites and viruses, is important for our health and the health of our water resources.

Dog waste that is left on the ground, especially near streets and sidewalks, is usually washed into storm drains that flow to local waterways without being treated. Picking up your dog’s waste and throwing it into the trash is the right and the healthy thing to do for us and our environment.  Please pick up after your dog. For more on what you can do to make a difference, visit or call 703-324-5500.


The Great Falls Fire Station was recently certified as a gold-rated Green Building by the United States Green Building Council. The station becomes the 12th certified green building in Fairfax County and the seventh to receive the council’s gold rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program. Key green elements incorporated in the design of the facility include the use of recycled materials in its construction, the effective use of natural lighting, and the installation of a vegetative roof with water-absorbing roof cover. For more information and photographs of this newly-designated green building, go to


The county recently experienced a derecho and just experienced Hurricane Sandy. Residents are reminded that it’s vitally important to stay informed during an emergency, and to do so, Fairfax County encourages residents to sign up to receive email updates from the emergency information blog. Visit, enter your email address in the box at the top right and submit. It’s easy, fast and free, and then you’ll have emergency news and information at the tip of your fingers.


Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government at or text the words and symbol “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404 – that’s “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404. And for a comprehensive list of news headlines, photos, videos, social media, email newsletters, events and more, visit the Fairfax County NewsWire at

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 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.  

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