News to Use Podcast Transcript: March 24, 2009


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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for March 24, 2009. Coming up, find out about the county’s Mega Job Fair, get “StreetSmart” and learn how to prepare your pool for summer fun without harming the environment.



Fairfax County will host the 2009 Mega Job Fair and Entrepreneurship Expo – "Envision Your Success" – on Saturday, March 28, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Fairfax County Government Center, located at 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. The event is open to the public. Admission and parking are free. No pre-registration is required.

Over 2,500 jobseekers and future entrepreneurs are expected. Employers from various industry sectors will be participating, offering a wide range of career opportunities. The event will also feature information about training, job, and business opportunities in the new "green economy," as well as potential benefits presented by the Federal Stimulus Package. Workshops will be offered on "Surviving a Job Loss," "Getting a Job with the Federal Government," and "How to Start Your Own Business."   

A new feature of this year's career expo is the opportunity for county residents to find out about food stamps and Medicaid. County staff will be on hand to take applications. More information is available at www.fairfaxmegajobfair.com



Police officers are now conducting increased enforcement of pedestrian safety laws at locations across Fairfax County. Enhanced enforcement coincides with the 2009 regional StreetSmart campaign, an annual public education and awareness effort that targets pedestrian and bicycle safety and begins this week. 

For more information on pedestrian safety in Fairfax County and the regional StreetSmart campaign, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/pedestrian/. For more pedestrian safety tips, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police.

 

Every spring, large quantities of swimming pool water are discharged directly into storm drains and streams when pools are drained and flushed after maintenance and prior to the new swimming season. Improperly discharged pool water can impact the environmental health of streams and has resulted in fish kills; stream bank erosion; and damage from flooding of personal property.

In a typical spring, county officials respond to several localized fish kills that result from improperly discharged pool water. Pumping large amounts of stagnant, oxygen-deficient water directly into a stream or storm drain may kill fish and aquatic insects that inhabit the stream system. Rapidly discharged water from pools can also cause erosion of the stream bed and banks.

To help minimize these impacts:

  • De-chlorinate the water by allowing it to stand untreated for at least 7 days
  • Ensure that the water is at a neutral pH of about 7
  • Remove excess sediment and leaves from the water
  • Make sure the discharged water will not flood your basement or your neighbors’ property.
  • Discharge the water, over a grassy area, to help slow it down and aerate it, and ensure that it does not enter a storm drain or stream directly
  • Discharge the water at a slow rate so it does not cause erosion

For more information, call Fairfax County Stormwater Management at 703-324-5500 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/stormwater.



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.  


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