Public Works and Environmental Services

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703-324-5500 TTY 711
12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 449, Fairfax, Va 22035
Shannon Curtis
Chief, Watershed Assessment Branch

Accotink Creek Watershed

Accotink Creek is a 51-square-mile watershed located in the center of Fairfax County and drains southeast to Accotink Bay, then Gunston Cove and finally to the Tidal Potomac River.

Major Streams and Tributaries
Major tributaries to Accotink Creek include Bear Branch, Crook Branch, Daniels Run, Hunters Branch and Long Branch.

Unique Features
Lake Accotink, with a surface area of approximately 70 acres, is located in the central portion of the watershed. Approximately 12 square miles of the watershed are not under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County, lying within the City of Fairfax or Fort Belvoir.

Improvement Opportunities
The plans identify areas of opportunity for implementing both structural and non-structural improvement projects such as stream restorations, stormwater facility retrofits, community education and stewardship, streamside buffer enhancements and installation of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). Proposed projects in the plans have recommended priorities. These lists should not be interpreted as specific implementation schedules or a guarantee that the project will be implemented through the planned Capital Improvement Program (CIP). A full list of active or completed Stormwater projects is available online on at Stormwater Improvement Projects or through Jade (Fairfax County's Comprehensive Mapping Application).

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