Public Works and Environmental Services

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Sharon North
Public Information Officer



Noman Cole Pollution Control Plant Opens its Doors for Tours this Weekend

November 28, 2023

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – For anyone who’s ever wondered what happens to our water after we’ve used it, you can find out on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 2 there will be an open house at the Noman Cole Pollution Control Plant, 9399 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA 22079. During the tour visitors will learn how water is cleaned after it goes down the drain in homes and businesses, or even…

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.

Help Prevent the Spread of Trapa Bispinosa this Spring

June 9, 2023

Since 2000, 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. The county is asking for help detecting, reporting, and eradicating the invasive plant as spring is the peak season in which seedlings sprout and rapidly spread within bodies of water.

DPWES Wins Several Project of the Year and Honorable Mentions in Regional APWA Awards

February 14, 2023

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – The Mid-Atlantic Chapter Regional Awards for the American Public Works Association brought big wins for the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. Between Project of the Year awards and Honorable Mentions there was a combined total of 10 recognitions, including three in the organizations new Community Engagement category.

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