Director, Stormwater Planning
The proposed restoration project is identified in the Little Hunting Creek Watershed Management Plan as LH9249 and LH9229. The existing conditions of the channels within the project area exhibit the typical degraded form resulting from channel evolution in response to many decades of development and the increase of impervious surfaces within the watershed: an overly down cut and widening channel, floodplain disconnection, tree loss, property loss, unbalanced sediment transport, accelerated channel erosion and accelerated channel migration.
Employees of the Stormwater Planning Division initiated the design of the project in October 2019. The design team includes the engineering design consultant A. Morton Thomas Inc., county staff from Stormwater Management, Utilities Design and Construction, Urban Forestry, Park Authority, Wastewater Management, Land Acquisition, residents along the project area, Civic Associations and other organizations within the community.
The project includes restoration of 12,000 linear feet of Paul Spring Branch, its tributaries, stormwater outfalls and the floodplain within the stream valley between Mason Hill Drive, Sherwood Hall Road and Collingwood Road.
The goal of the project is to implement a sustainable project for the protection of property, health and safety, and improvement of water quality. This goal will be accomplished by restoring the stream’s dimension, pattern and profile to a form that is appropriate for current and future hydrologic conditions of the watershed. The proposed project will restore equilibrium to the channel and riparian corridor, allow for the effective conveyance of water and sediment without excessive channel erosion and migration, enhancement of habitat, improved species diversity and restore the ability of the channel and its floodplain to naturally process excess nutrients and sediment. The proposed project will also maximize the preservation of existing trees and soil, and will repurpose the fallen trees and existing streambed material within the restoration project.
The primary goals of the restoration are:
Improve Water Quality
View the downloadable map. The project area is shown in red outline.
The benefits of this project include the protection of property, health and safety, and improvement of water quality.
As the project advances through the iterative design development process, community meetings will be scheduled to present the project and its design to the residents along the project and receive feedback from the community. Meetings will be scheduled for a project introduction, concept design, preliminary design, 95 percent design, 100 percent design/pre-construction and post-construction.
Design of the Paul Spring Branch @ Sherwood Hall stream restoration project is funded for $1,346,570. Construction funding is dependent upon future budget availability and allocations. Stormwater projects are funded through the county Stormwater Service District
Paul Spring Branch at Sherwood Hall Stream Restoration Project: Public Meeting - July 1, 2021
For more information please email Project Manager Justin Pistore, Stormwater Planning Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, or call 703-324-5685, TTY 711.
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