Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-324-5033
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

Irene M. Haske,
Public Information Officer

News Stories

Destructive Tree Pest Kills Trees

Destructive
June 23, 2020
The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is an invasive, exotic insect that most likely arrived in the United States on packing material from Asia. It is one of the most destructive insects known to exist in several areas of the country but not in Fairfax County yet.

Emergency Work at Fort Hunt Road and Hunting Cove Place

Emergency
June 9, 2020
On Friday, June 5, 2020, a broken sanitary sewer line and other damaged infrastructure were identified by county staff during a wastewater pipe inspection at the intersection of Fort Hunt Road and Hunting Cove Place in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.

Local Sycamore Trees Affected by Anthracnose

Local
June 8, 2020
A fungal disease called anthracnose is attacking local sycamore trees. Residents may see what look to be dead trees in the midst of spring greenery.

Contest to Thank Waste and Recycling Workers Starts June 14

Contest
May 28, 2020
In a normal year, collecting trash and recycling is the fifth most dangerous occupation. The men and women who keep our neighborhoods clean operate heavy machinery, work among distracted drivers in busy streets, and haul away our waste in the rain, summer heat, and snow. In 2020, the global pandemic has made their essential jobs even more difficult and dangerous.

Operation Stream Shield Builds Skills and Cleans Communities

Operation
May 28, 2020
Operation Stream Shield, a pilot program launched in October 2019, to help improve water quality in streams and provide dignity in work to people experiencing homelessness, removed more than 17 tons of litter from Fairfax County waterways. Due to the success of the 12-week pilot, the program will be extended up to five years and expand to serve the entire county.

At-Home Version of Popular Stream Critter Cube Lab Now Available

At-Home
May 21, 2020
With school-aged children out of the classroom, Fairfax County ecologists within the Watershed Education and Outreach (WEO) section of the Stormwater Planning Division have had to get creative. In an effort to continue to inspire students to become environmental stewards and connect them to their local watershed, ecologists have converted their award-winning Stream Critter Cub Lab into a free…

Floating Litter Trap Installed in Little Hunting Creek

Floating
May 12, 2020
To support efforts to reduce litter in Little Hunting Creek, and as part of the county’s larger efforts to control litter, this creek was selected as the location for a new floating trash trap, pilot program launched by the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.

Virtual Meeting to Gather Input on Judicial Complex Master Plan (Massey Complex) Slated for May 28

Virtual
May 1, 2020
The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is leading the effort to create a plan for future redevelopment of the Fairfax County Judicial Complex.

Urban Foresters Save Ash Trees in Fairfax County

Urban
April 30, 2020
Ash trees are native to Fairfax County and have been planted widely throughout North America. The picturesque ash (Fraxinus sp.) lines streets, beautifies yards, provides food and habitat for pollinators and other wildlife and is glorious to see in the fall.

Guidance for Swimming Pool Owners and Managers

Guidance
April 30, 2020
Draining swimming pool water incorrectly may harm aquatic life, flood neighboring properties and violate the Stormwater Management Ordinance, Chapter 124, Article 9, of the Fairfax County Code.
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