Director, Stormwater Planning
Construction is scheduled to start in FY24 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024).
This project is a continuation of the Colvin Run Phase I project, Difficult Run Watershed Management Plan project DF9213, completed in 2018, and includes the restoration of approximately 4,454 linear feet of channel along two severely incised and over-widened tributaries to Colvin Run within Lake Fairfax Park.
The goal of the project is to improve water quality through restoration of approximately 4,454 feet of stream channels by returning the physical characteristics of the channel to dynamic equilibrium and enhancing the ecological functions and processes within the riparian corridor. The project will improve water quality through creating sustainable channel dimensions, profile and pattern, installation of grade control structures, improving floodplain connectivity, reducing erosion, installing native vegetation, enhancing existing floodplain wetlands and enhancing the ability for biogeochemical processing of phosphorous, nitrogen and suspended sediment within the channel and on the floodplain.
Grade control structures to be installed within the stream channel will mimic bedrock outcrops and beaver dams, and include rock sills, step pools, cascades, riffles, boulder riffles and large woody debris jams. These grade control structures are made of boulders, clay, logs, limbs and reinforced bed material. At-grade rock sills will extend outward from several of the in-stream grade control structures to prevent erosion on the floodplain and protect existing wetlands along the riparian corridor. The stream restoration design minimizes disturbance to natural resources by using the existing footprint of the channel to the greatest extent possible and realigning the channel only where necessary to protect infrastructure and to achieve the most sustainable restoration potential
The project is in the Hunter Mill Magisterial District in Lake Fairfax Park.
Aerial photomap showing the proposed work areas.
|Design Completion||Summer 2022|
|Construction Start||Summer 2023|
|Construction Complete||Winter 2024|
Construction access into the project area will be from Lake Fairfax Drive, the driveway to the Cricket Field and Hunter Mill Road.
When construction begins, fencing will be installed to delineate the limits of disturbance and tree save areas. Construction equipment and materials will be transported from staging and stockpile areas to the active work areas along stabilized construction access pathways. Signage for construction vehicle access will be posted along the roadways and trails. Portions of the Rails to River Trail and Cliff Hanger Trail, which cross the work area, will be closed during construction and signage will be posted for trail detours around the work area. The main channel and tributary crossings along the Cliff Hanger Trail, west of the Cricket Field and upstream of the pedestrian bridge, will be slightly relocated and improved during construction. There will be temporary closures of the roadway from Lake Fairfax Drive to the large shelter/picnic area and public restrooms during active construction activity in that vicinity and during the time required for replacement of the road culvert.
Construction activities will occur throughout the week starting after 7 a.m. on weekdays. Note that at some periods during construction work may occur on weekends after 9 a.m. Construction activities are permitted until 9:00 pm throughout the week and weekend. These start times are in accordance with the Fairfax County Noise Ordinance.
The project costs are paid for by the County’s Stormwater Service District. The cost of project design is $975,000. The cost of the construction will be determined after bids are received for the construction contract authorization in FY24.
Colvin Run Phase II - Stream Restoration Presentation, August 17, 2022.
For more information, please email the Project Manager, Justin Pistore at firstname.lastname@example.org within the Stormwater Planning Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, or call 703-324-5685, TTY 711.
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