- Draining swimming pool water incorrectly may harm aquatic life, flood neighboring properties and violate the Stormwater Management Ordinance of the Fairfax County Code. This includes drainage from above ground pools.
- Operation Stream Shield, a pilot program launched in October 2019, to help improve water quality in streams and provide dignity in work to people experiencing homelessness, removed more than 17 tons of litter from Fairfax County waterways. Due to the success of the 12-week pilot, the program will be extended up to five years and expand to serve the entire county.
- With school-aged children out of the classroom, Fairfax County ecologists within the Watershed Education and Outreach (WEO) section of the Stormwater Planning Division have had to get creative. In an effort to continue to inspire students to become environmental stewards and connect them to their local watershed, ecologists have converted their award-winning Stream Critter Cub Lab into a free program that can be done anywhere—no classroom or stream required!
EnviroPod episode 19 features Shannon Curtis, Chief, Watershed Assessment Branch, and Host Scott Coco talking about human activity on the land and how that affects stream and watershed health. Curtis also discusses the Bandalong trash trap that was recently installed in Little Hunting Creek that is successfully capturing floating trash. Litter is a problem for the critters who live in the streams in Fairfax County.
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