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

Rocky Run Stream Restoration at Dulles Access Road, SD-000031-213

Project Background

This project was identified for stream restoration in the FY 2017 work plan as a result of the erosive stream conditions and frequency of maintenance required at the dam for accumulated sediment, woody debris and trash. In June 2018, staff of the Stormwater Planning Division initiated the design of the project.

Project Description

The dry pond (1458DP) off Lewinsville Road requires frequent dredging due to the large amount of sediment washing up against the dam from streambank erosion. During rain events, the weir and embankment of the dry pond impound water across the site. Due to the impoundment, backwater conditions stop the flow of the stream channel. Additionally, litter from upstream culverts collects in the dry pond and requires frequent removal. A pre-conceptual design was completed in May 2019 and provided a design that addressed the trash and sediment deposition and included enhancing existing wetlands.

The primary goals of the restoration are:

  • Provide water quality enhancements by reducing sediment loads and enhancing floodplain connection
  • Improve and stabilize storm drain outfalls
  • Enhance existing wetlands

Project Location

The project is located northeast of the Dulles Access Road exit ramp to Route 7, bounded by Lewinsville Road, Mayhurst Boulevard and Lewinsville Mews Court. This project starts at the Dulles Access Road and runs north to the downstream regional pond off Lewinsville Road.

map - Rocy Run Stream Restoration at Dulles Access Road
The project area is shown in the purple outline.

Project Benefits

  • Mitigate the backwater effect at dry pond 1458DP
  • Improvement of water quality through the removal of nitrogen, phosphorous and total suspended solids
  • Enhancement of existing wetlands


Construction is underway. The expected completion date is August 2023.

What to Expect

Over the next several months, flagging and survey markers will be visible throughout the project area. Contractors and staff will primarily be on foot and wearing high-visibility clothing. Construction access and deliveries will most likely enter the site across the street from 8522 Lewinsville Road. Residents should expect periodic deliveries of material using dump trucks to the site throughout the week starting after 7 a.m. on weekdays. Work may occur on weekends; deliveries on those days will be made after 9 a.m.

Project cost and funding source

Stormwater projects are funded through the county Stormwater Service District.

Presentations to the Community

Rocky Run Tributary at Dulles Access Road Stream Restoration Project


For more information please email Heather Ambrose and Fred Wilkins, Stormwater Planning Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, or call 703-324-5500, TTY 711.

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