Fairfax County Project Wins Prestigious Award

News Release
March 24, 2015

Fairfax County Project Wins Prestigious Award

The Brookfield Park wet pond rehabilitation project won second place in the best habitat creation category in the 2014 Best Urban BMP* in the Bay award contest sponsored by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network**. These are known as the "BUBBA" awards.

"This is a challenging award to win, so placing second in the habitat category is telling us we are doing things right," said Chad Crawford, P.E., Chief, Watershed Projects Implementation Branch - South, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES).

Several divisions of DPWES and the Fairfax County Park Authority worked together to restore the dam in the Brookfield Park and create a habitat that is planted with native vegetation that provides water quality benefits and food, shelter and breeding grounds for the animals that live there.

The BUBBA 2014 award information reads:

"This project had great merit in the Best Habitat Creation category, particularly with regards to the stewardship of existing pond wildlife. Remarkably, Fairfax County went the extra mile by taking considerable care of existing aquatic pond inhabitants by relocating them during pond reconstruction. This novel construction approach coupled with a design which fused conventional pond reconstruction with innovative practices including natural channel design, floating wetlands, and other stabilization techniques were quite compelling."

The Brookfield Community Park at 7417 Floyd Avenue, Springfield, is just over 25 acres and was constructed in the late 1950's as a community amenity. The pond was not originally designed with modern stormwater management techniques. Its new configuration drains the surrounding 49 acres and contributes to improved water quality downstream.

The dam was rehabilitated to meet up-to-date safety and design standards. The dam and outlet structure were reconstructed and a wetland forebay system was installed. Forebays are smaller ponds that are placed along the water flow path that collect and filter pollutants and control algae problems in the pond.

Floating wetlands were installed to increase pollutant removal. These are constructed using native and aquatic plants that float in rafts and function as natural wetlands.

An easily accessible viewing or look-out platform was installed on the top of the dam. The project was completed in Mid-November 2014.


*Best Management Practices



The Brookfield Park Pond
The Brookfield Park Pond with viewing or look-out platform on the left. Fairfax County Photo.

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