News to Use Podcast Transcript: March 10, 2009

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for March 10, 2009. Coming up, find out how you can have input on the FY 2010 proposed budget, and learn more about a common sight in area streams.


The Fiscal Year 2010 Advertised Budget is now under consideration by the county’s board of supervisors.  A $3.3 million budget has been proposed by county executive Anthony Griffin. 

Fairfax County residents have numerous opportunities to provide their feedback and comments before the Board of Supervisors formally adopts the budget on April 27.

Residents can submit comments 24-hours-a-day online or by calling the budget hotline at 703-324-9400.

Public hearings before the Board of Supervisors have been scheduled for Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, March 31, at 3 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 1, at 3 p.m. To place your name on the speakers list, call 703-324-3151, or register online.

A series of community meetings will be held throughout the county from March 4 through 26. These meetings will give residents the opportunity to ask questions and discuss specific concerns. Representatives from the Department of Management and Budget will be present at each meeting.

The complete schedule, along with the Citizen’s Guide to the Budget, the county executive’s presentation, and the full budget proposal, is available online at


If you have seen foam, suds or bubbles in a stream, and have wondered what causes it, this information may be of interest to you.   Foam, suds or bubbles in a stream may be a result of nature or a result of human pollution.  When the surface tension of water is broken down and air is mixed with the water, as in a waterfall, foam, suds or bubbles are created.

  • Nature contributes to the generation of foam, suds or bubbles when plants decompose and produce a compound that can break down the surface tension of water.  As the plants decompose, the oxygen in the water decreases. Less oxygen in the water may harm or kill fish, but the foam is not toxic.

  • Natural foam appears as light tan or brown, but may be white and has an “earthy,” “fishy” or “fresh cut grass” odor

  • Natural foam occurs at many locations along a stream accumulating on and against the bank, or on logs or other material in the stream

  • Natural foam increases after rain storms as the rainfall transports the decomposed plants to the stream.

  • Car washing, washing machine discharge, sanitary sewer or septic field failures are from human sources and can cause foam in streams:

  • Foam from human sources is usually white and fragrant or perfumed

  • Foam from detergents is biodegradable and will disappear quickly, while foam from leaking sanitary sewer lines or septic fields has a foul odor

For more information about foam in streams call 703-324-5500 visit


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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