Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 449, Fairfax, Va 22035

Shannon Curtis,
Chief, Watershed Assessment Branch

Nichol Run and Pond Branch Watersheds

nichol runLocation
The Nichol Run and Pond Branch watersheds (7.7 square miles and 8.4 square miles, respectively) are located in the northernmost part of Fairfax County and drain to the Potomac River, the source of drinking water for many residents.

Major Streams and Tributaries
Nichol Run: Major tributaries include Jefferson Branch and Harkney Branch as well as some unnamed streams. Several small streams that drain directly to the Potomac have been included in the Nichol Run Watershed for planning purposes.

Pond Branch: This watershed is made up of three smaller watersheds. Pond Branch itself is in the northernmost portion of the watershed. Clarks Branch is to the south and east, and Mine Run is to the south of that and meets the Potomac River at the upstream end of Great Falls.

Unique Features
River Bend Park and most of Great Falls Park are in the Pond Branch watershed.

Nichol Run and Pond Branch Watershed Management Plan

The Nichol Run and Pond Branch Watershed Management Plan was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 25, 2011. 


Several projects have been completed or are under development from the watershed plan. Please see the project list website for a list of these projects per watershed. 

For additional information or to request material in another format, please email the Stormwater Planning Division or call 703-324-5500, TTY 711.