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Wetland Restoration Project Receives Governor’s Gold Medal

Wetland Restoration Project Receives Governor's Gold Medal
Pictured left to right: Clyde Cristman,Director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; Molly Joseph Ward, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources; Harry Glasgow, member of the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors; Kirk Kincannon, Director of Fairfax County Park Authority; William Bouie, Chairman of the Park Authority Board; David Paylor, Director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Huntley Meadows Park’s wetland restoration project was honored with a prestigious Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Gold Medal in the Environmental Project category yesterday. The award was presented to Fairfax County Park Authority representatives at the 28th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington, Virginia, on April 4, 2017.

“This honor recognizes that your commitment to environmental sustainability has made a lasting impact on the Commonwealth,” wrote U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia in a letter to the Park Authority. “This recognition honors Fairfax County’s dedication to protecting the environment through the Huntley Meadows Park Wetland Restoration. I commend all those who work with the County to help strengthen the community and promote sustainability in Virginia.”

Huntley Meadows Park is located in the Hybla Valley, and its wetlands play a vital role in the overall health of the watershed by filtering surface water and helping to prevent flooding. When silt and debris buildup threatened the wetlands’ plants and wildlife, a restoration project was launched to restore this vital resource. The three million dollar project used innovative technology and structures that blended into the environment to help control water levels and prevent erosion. Its success has been measured in the return of rare species and the growth of stewardship awareness and education in the community. For more information about the site and the project visit Wetland Restoration Project

“We are thrilled to receive statewide recognition for this important project,” said Park Authority Board Chairman William G. Bouie. “Each year, Huntley Meadows Park is visited by tens of thousands of individuals, including many student groups, who can learn about environmental sustainability while enjoying the park’s unique blend of plant and animal life, all thanks to this restoration work.”

The symposium and awards ceremony were sponsored by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or via Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.  

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