Public Works and Environmental Services

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Sharon North
Public Information Officer



Kaiser Permanente’s Springfield Facility Recognized for Tree Conservation Excellence

May 20, 2024

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States has been honored with the 2023 Friends of Trees Award in the Development Category by the Fairfax County Tree Commission. The award recognizes outstanding efforts in tree conservation, particularly for exceeding the county's 10-year tree canopy requirement by an impressive 9,275 square feet at their Springfield facility.

Beech Leaf Disease Webinar Scheduled for Fairfax County

May 16, 2024

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – In response to the growing concern over the spread of beech leaf disease in Fairfax County, County staff partnered with Virginia Cooperative Extension to host a webinar titled, "The Beech Blight: Unraveling the Mystery of Beech Leaf Disease." The webinar will raise awareness about this new threat to American beech trees (Fagus grandifolia).

Franconia Rec Center Marks Two-Year Anniversary of Operation Stream Shield with Tape-a-Palooza Event

May 14, 2024

Join us at Franconia Recreation Center for Tape-A-Palooza's second anniversary, a collaboration with Operation Stream Shield that brings together community members and local shelters for conservation and park beautification. Witness how this initiative not only cleans up the environment but also empowers its participants, offering them part-time employment and skill-building opportunities. Enjoy…

Fairfax County Introduces New Glass Recycling Facility at Clifton Elementary

May 13, 2024

CLIFTON, VA - Fairfax County’s Solid Waste Management program is proud to announce the installation of a new glass recycling bin at Clifton Elementary School, expanding the "Purple Can Club" in the region.

Mantua Elementary Hosts Seventh Annual Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Day

May 13, 2024

FAIRFAX, VA – Mantua Elementary School, in partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES), hosted its seventh annual Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) Day last month, focusing on hands-on ecological education for fifth-grade students.

County Asking Residents to Help Trap Trapa Bispinosa

May 6, 2024

The aquatic invasive species known as Trapa bispinosa (two-horned water chestnut or two-horned trapa) has spread to more than 60 known locations in Fairfax County since 2000. The plant is found in rivers, tidal bays, and ponds throughout Fairfax County and is distinguishable by its triangular-toothed leaves.

Students at a Fairfax County Public School Planting Trees for Arbor Day

April 22, 2024

Annandale, Va – Students, faculty and staff at Annandale Terrace Elementary School are gearing up for a big Arbor Day celebration on April 26, 2024, at 8:50 a.m. The event will take place simultaneously with the County’s 41st consecutive year being designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The recognition underscores Fairfax County's dedication to tree conservation and urban…

Fairfax County Launches Groundbreaking Solar Panel Recycling Program

April 4, 2024

Fairfax County, VA – A Solar Panel Recycling program has been officially launched by the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES). Initially kicked off as a pilot project in November 2022, this innovative initiative marks a significant advancement in the County's environmental sustainability efforts.

Fairfax County Hosts Educational Water Workshop for Elementary Students

April 2, 2024

A group of Fairfax County elementary school kids learned not all field trips involve fields or aromatic flowers. Some provide a learning experience that involves dirty water and putrid smells. Sixth graders from Lorton Station Elementary recently participated in a workshop and tour on water science at the Noman Cole Pollution Control Plant.

Operation Stream Shield Spruces Up Herrity Gardens

March 25, 2024

In a display of community spirit and environmental stewardship, the gardens at the Herrity Building on the Fairfax County Government Center Complex have been given a renewed lease on life this spring, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Operation Stream Shield and guidance from landscape architects of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Stormwater Management Division.

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve to Temporarily Close during Repair of Wastewater Pipes

March 19, 2024

Fairfax County, Va. – Beginning March 28, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve will be temporarily closed while specialized Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) contractors perform an emergency project to clean obstructed County wastewater pipes and make necessary repairs to maintain service.

Fairfax County Beginning Preparedness Campaign Ahead of Flood Awareness Week

March 5, 2024

Fairfax County, Va. – As Fairfax County’s climate changes, becoming warmer, wetter and weirder, it is imperative for residents to prepare and adjust. With Flood Awareness Week kicking off this coming weekend, running from March 10 -16, now is a good time to find out what you need to do to protect your property, your loved ones and yourself.

Operational Energy Strategy in Action: Going Solar

January 8, 2024

Fairfax County government officials celebrated the completion of a significant solar technology installation at the Sully Community Center – saving the county money and contributing to its community-wide energy goals.

Live Christmas Tree Removal Dates Scheduled by DPWES

December 21, 2023

Fairfax County, Va – Residents wondering what to do with their live Christmas trees at the end of the season can just remove all the decorations and leave them alongside their trash. The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Solid Waste Program will collect them during the first two weeks of January, from January 1 through January 13. The trees will be recycled, with the mulch made…

Extraordinary Fish Relocation Marks a New Chapter in Environmental Stewardship in Fairfax County

December 7, 2023

Fairfax County, Virginia – In an unprecedented move for the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, a crew working on the Difficult Run Tributary at Government Center Stream and Pond Restoration project set out and, using an electro-fishing boat, temporarily, but safely, stunned the fish and eels living there and temporarily relocated them ahead of dredging the pond.

Whitman Middle School Transforms Turf into Pollinator Paradise: A Model for Environmental Sustainability and Education

November 17, 2023

In an inspiring collaboration between Fairfax County Public Works and Environmental Services and Fairfax County Public Schools, Whitman Middle School has undergone a transformative change that promises to leave a lasting positive impact on both the school and the environment.

County Prepares to Recognize Fairfax Recycles Day

November 9, 2023

The County will celebrate Fairfax Recycles Day on November 15, which is the same day as the national “America Recycles Day”. Recycling is an integral part of the County’s ambitious Zero Waste Plan, which aims to divert 90% of waste from disposal and reduce the overall waste generated by 25% by 2040.

County Staff Temporarily Shelve Proposal to Discontinue Vacuum Leaf Service

October 26, 2023

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – Vacuum leaf service will continue until at least the 2025-2026 winter season following DPWES staffs’ postponement of a proposal submitted to the Board of Supervisors to discontinue the service following the upcoming 2023-2024 vacuum season. Residents who receive the service also will receive information through the mail with a status update.

Public Event Planned at Government Center as Tree Commission Celebrates 50th Anniversary

October 18, 2023

In recognition of its many years of service, the County’s Urban Forest Management Division will host a celebration. The focal point of the event will be the ceremonial planting of the 50th tree of 50 installed to celebrate each year of the Tree Commission’s service.

DPWES Reminds Residents to Participate in an Online Survey about Recycling Education Efforts of Private and Public Collectors

October 11, 2023

Just a reminder: Throughout the month of October, County residents are being asked to provide information on any recycling educational materials and initiatives they’ve learned about from the County’s private and public trash/recycling haulers. The survey closes October 30.

DPWES Stormwater Management and Wastewater Management Programs Win Big at Annual WEFTEC Awards

October 10, 2023

The County’s Wastewater Management Program received what amounts to ‘gold’ in the industry by winning the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards in the MS4 Phase I Overall Category. The award for the MS4 program was presented at the Water Environment Federation’s annual WEFTEC Awards 2023 ceremony which recently took place in Chicago. With this win, the MS4 program is now…

County Warning Residents about a New Vegetation Disease Called Vascular Streak Dieback

October 3, 2023

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – A newly emerging disease called Vascular Streak Dieback has been killing nursery stock and new plantings purchased from nurseries throughout Virginia and in at least five other states.

Wastewater Management Program Recognized by the Water Environment Federation, Government Finance Association, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

September 13, 2023

There are more than 160,000 water and wastewater treatment plants in the United States. Given that number, it is an honor to receive recognition by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) as a Utility of the Future. Recently the Wastewater Management Program (WWM) received the distinction for its work at the Noman M. Cole Pollution Control Plant and its collection system, placing the facility among…

Beech Leaf Disease Spreads in Fairfax County

September 11, 2023

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – The new beech leaf disease (BLD) is spreading rapidly, and young American beeches are already succumbing to the threat and are dying in the forests around Fairfax County.

DPWES Releases Annual Floodplain Management Plan

August 29, 2023

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - With weather related flooding being the most common and costly natural disaster across the United States, Fairfax County is continuing efforts to mitigate flooding problems for residents. Floodplains are areas adjacent to stream channels that provide natural storage areas for excess water to accumulate and overflow when heavy storms occur.

Fairfax County Unveils its First All-Electric Trash Truck to Provide Residential Services

August 18, 2023

The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is rolling out its first electric refuse truck to pick up residential trash and yard waste on routes throughout the County — a move that will save money and protect the environment.

Spotted Lanternfly Seen in More areas of Fairfax County

August 11, 2023

The Urban Forest Management Team has been finding spotted lanternfly (SLF) in more areas throughout the County and are asking for the public’s help in lessening the number.

County Watching and Monitoring for Spotted Lanternfly

July 21, 2023

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va – Throughout July spotted lanternfly nymphs are moving into the adult phase of their life cycle, which lasts until November. Adults begin laying eggs in September and through the first few hard frosts. The egg masses are covered in a light gray colored wax that looks like mud when it dries.

DPWES Proposes Discontinuing Vacuum Leaf Collection Service Following 2023-2024 Season

July 19, 2023

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – Fairfax County staff are proposing to permanently discontinue vacuum leaf service after the upcoming winter season and are seeking input from current customers. A final decision will be made by the Board of Supervisors this fall. The public input survey closed August 18.

DPWES Designates Temporary Space for Latex Paint Drop-Off

July 10, 2023

Due to the volume of latex paint received and current staffing shortages, a temporary disposal location has been set up for residents at the I-95 Landfill Complex.

Water Quality Tests Show No Elevated Levels of Bacteria at Lake Accotink

July 1, 2023

More than 24 hours after bacterial testing began on the water in Lake Accotink following a sewage spill, results show bacteria levels are not elevated. This indicates the cleanup effort was done in time to prevent downstream contamination from reaching Lake Accotink. As a result, there is no continued concern regarding human exposure to untreated sewage in the lake.

Sewage Spill Detected Upstream from Lake Accotink

June 30, 2023

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - The Fairfax County Wastewater Management Program has identified a sewage spill upstream of Lake Accotink.

County Recognizes Solid Waste and Recycling Workers and Reminds Motorists to ‘Slow Down to Get Around’

June 13, 2023

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – Across the United States, including Fairfax County, Waste and Recycling Workers Week is being recognized to celebrate the unsung heroes who are at the forefront of the solid waste industry. The week goes from June 12 – 18.

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