News to Use Podcast Transcript: Jan. 13, 2009

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for January 13, 2009. Coming up, get more details on the inauguration, learn about the county’s firewood quarantine, and find out how you can participate in planning for the future of county watersheds.

Inauguration Day is one week away, and detailed information about road closures, planning for attending the event and traveling on Tuesday, Jan. 20 is now available. 

Among travel restrictions announced, bridges between Washington and Virginia will be closed to private cars on Inauguration Day and traffic will be restricted on other city bridges, tunnels and freeways.  Metrorail will operate rush-hour service for 17 consecutive hours — 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. — and will stay open for two extra hours, until 2 a.m.   The Fairfax Connector is also running enhanced Saturday service with more trips to Metro stations and additional routes.

Those attending the Inauguration should plan ahead to prevent cold-weather related health problems.  Attendees may need hats, water-resistant coats, scarves and gloves or mittens, and should dress in layers of loose-fitting clothing.

To stay informed about major issues leading up to and on Inauguration Day, sign up for the Community Emergency Alert Network at

A fire in the fireplace or woodstove can be the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.  But Fairfax County residents who have a fireplace or woodstove in their home should be aware that a state quarantine prohibits transporting firewood outside of Fairfax County.  Violating the ban could result in state and federal fines. 

Fairfax County is under a quarantine that bans the transport of firewood. This quarantine is to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer, a new insect that has been found in the county.

The emerald ash borer is serious threat to ash trees. These insects have killed more than 25 million ash trees in the U.S.  Taking firewood outside the quarantine area could result in up to a year in jail and up to $250,000 in fines for violators. To learn more about the quarantine or the emerald ash borer, call Fairfax County’s Forest Pest Branch at 703-324-5304.

Do you remember the old red, white and blue posters with Uncle Sam saying, “I want you”? Well, now Fairfax County wants you, to help develop watershed management plans for several areas in the county.

A watershed management plan is a tool to identify and address issues affecting the environment and to protect and restore streams and other water resources.

Introductory and Issues Scoping Forums will kick off the plan development process in January in Fairfax, Alexandria and Great Falls.  Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and last about two hours.  Watershed Advisory Groups or WAGs will be formed after each forum, giving members a chance to discuss specific watershed issues, make comments and provide ideas.  Members of the WAGs will include neighbors, business leaders, conservationists and homeowners.

Residents who are interested in making a difference in the environmental health of the county are encouraged to get involved and attend the forums.

For more information or to participate, call 703-324-5500, TTY 711 or visit the Web site 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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