Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 449, Fairfax, Va 22035

Craig Carinci,
Director, Stormwater Planning

Dead Run Stream Restoration

Before and after photos of Dead Run
The images above show Dead Run before and after restoration. The project will reduce flooding, stabilize the stream banks, protect property, reduce erosion and tree loss, and improve water quality.

Project Update

Please be advised, starting the week of June 24, 2019, crews will be active within the park to control invasive plant species. Mechanical removal of invasive plants will be completed using machetes, chainsaws and other hand tools. Chemical removal of invasive plants will be completed using the techniques and chemicals identified as the best practice for each individual plant species. All work will be completed by Virginia Licensed Pesticide Applicators. More information is available from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Project Description

Approximately 2800 linear feet of the stream will be restored. The project will start below the previously restored section near the Dolley Madison Library at 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean.

Project Location

The project is located in McLean Central Park and in the Dead Run Stream Valley Park between Old Dominion and Churchill Roads.

Dead Run Stream existing conditions map
Dead Run stream existing conditions


Project Background

The Dead Run stream restoration project began in the fall of 2013. Surveys, assessments and pre-concepts were completed by April 2014. Several public meetings and field walks for residents were conducted in 2014 and 2015.

A community task force or "Stream Team" was convened in September 2015 through Dranesville District Supervisor John W. Foust's office to address community concerns and provide input on the design.

Project Benefits

  • Stabilize the stream banks to protect property, reduce erosion and tree loss
  • Restore and enhance the vegetated stream buffer, reduce ongoing tree loss due to stream bank erosion, install native plant species and control invasive plants
  • Improve water quality, reduce sediment and nutrients, and enhance diversity and abundance of aquatic species by improving aquatic habitat


Construction is underway on Phase 1 of the project.  Construction of both phases is scheduled to be completed by March 22, 2019.

What to Expect

Construction access and deliveries will enter the site through Oak Ridge Avenue and Churchill Rd. Residents should expect periodic deliveries of material using dump trucks to the site throughout the week starting after 7 a.m. on weekdays. Note that at some periods during construction, work may occur on weekends. Deliveries on those days would occur after 9 a.m.

The third proposed construction entrance located at the end of Martha Jane Street is not being used by the contractor. Before transitioning to Phase 2, county employees will coordinate with the individual homeowners along Carol Raye Street and Elizabeth Drive.

Project Cost and Funding Source

Construction of the Dead Run Stream Restoration Segments 2 and 3 in McLean Central Park and Dead Run Stream Valley Park is estimated to cost $2.3 million. Stormwater projects are funded through the county Stormwater Service District.

Presentations to the Community

Community meetings have been held on April 23, 2014 and May 4, 2016 and December 7, 2017.


For questions about the project or to receive project updates by email, please contact project manager Joseph Riley-Ryan at 703-324-5613.