The project was identified in the Accotink Creek Watershed Management Plan for stream restoration and stabilization. In August 2018, staff of the Stormwater Planning Division initiated the design of the project. The project’s design was approved for construction on March 11, 2020. The construction contract with Avon Corporation was approved on October 22, 2020.
The project will restore 4,878 linear feet of Accotink Creek within Wakefield Park, upstream of Braddock Road. The channel exhibits eroded, over-widened banks and the potential for further erosion. This is a pilot project which will employ a unique design approach using four large Newbury riffles as grade control structures in the main stem of Accotink Creek and a secondary channel. The project is part of Fairfax County’s larger efforts to restore many of the county’s degraded streams while improving overall water quality and the condition of the Chesapeake Bay.
The primary goals of the restoration are:
Improve water quality through stream stabilization and floodplain reconnection
Enhance riparian forest habitat through planting native trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and grasses
Restore the ecological function of the stream and the riparian zone to biogeochemically process phosphorous, nitrogen and sediment
The project is in the Braddock Magisterial District in Wakefield Parks in the Accotink Creek Watershed.