Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

James Patteson,
Director

Public Works and Environmental Services - News

Fairfax County Celebrates Sixth Annual National Garbage Man Day

Fairfax


Fairfax County’s Solid Waste Management Program is celebrating the sixth annual National Garbage Man Day during the week of June 17 to 24. Trash collection is hard, physical work…

Public Works Week Picnic Targets Zero Waste

Public


At its annual Public Works Week picnic on May 23, 2018, Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services collected 120 pounds of compostable materials, or about one-third of the event’s overall waste.…

Fairfax County Wastewater Treatment Plant Achieves 100 Percent Permit Compliance for Twentieth Consecutive Year

Fairfax


Fairfax County’s wastewater treatment plant achieved perfect compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in 2017. This marks the 20th consecutive year the Noman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant in Lorton, Va., has earned the Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

NACWA’s Peak…

Students and Teachers See Wastewater Treatment Benefits on Chesapeake Bay Foundation Boat Trip

Students


During the week of April 16, forty-two high school students, 60 elementary school students, and 25 middle school teachers boarded the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's research workboat, the Bea Hayman Clark, for an educational experience they won't soon forget.

Throughout the day, students discussed watersheds, performed water quality testing, conducted plankton studies, and…

Fairfax County Earns National Achievement Award for “Revitalize, Restore, Replant”

Fairfax


Fairfax County, Virginia, has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

NACo recognized “ Fairfax County Earns National Achievement Award for “Revitalize, Restore, Replant”

South County HS Marketing Students Pitch Big Ideas in Buzz Tank

South


The I-95 landfill complex is sitting on a goldmine, liquid gold, that is, as in pure honey. At least that’s the case South County High School students in Ms. Kellen Scott’s marketing class are making.

The complex has South County HS Marketing Students Pitch Big Ideas in Buzz Tank

Environmental Stewardship Takes Root at Elementary School Tree Planting Event

Environmental


Fairfax County’s Urban Forest Management Division continued its tree planting program last week in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools. UFMD staff Linda Barfield and Hugh Whitehead and Mark Moseley, STEAM Resource Teacher and Get2Green Advisor at Dogwood Elementary…

New Fairfax County Wastewater Management Report Available

New


Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management Program has published a new report titled “Sustaining the Environment and Protecting Public Health.” The publication explains the program’s efforts to protect,…

Fairfax County Earns Tree City USA Designation for 35th Consecutive Year

Fairfax


Fairfax County has earned the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation for the 35th consecutive year. Each year since its inception in 1976, thousands of urban foresters across the country submit applications to be considered to receive this cherished designation. The accomplishment will be celebrated during a brief ceremony at the county’s Earth Day event, Springfest…

Urban Foresters Protect Hemlock Trees Against Invasive Insect

Urban


Urban foresters have been out surveying and treating trees at Hemlock Overlook, near the Occoquan River in the southern part of the county, and in Scott's Run which is in the northeastern area of the county. Hemlock trees are more common in the Appalachian Mountains, but there is a small population of naturally occurring hemlocks in Fairfax County.

"In the 1950s a…