Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

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Suite 449, Fairfax, Va 22035

Craig Carinci,
Director, Stormwater Planning

Snakeden Branch at Lake Audubon Stream Restoration Project


Project Update

Construction began on October 10, 2019.

Project Background

Exposed utilities (including sanitary sewer) are a potential human and environmental health hazard.

Staff of the Stormwater Planning Division worked closely with neighbors and staff from the Reston Association to create a plan to restore this highly degraded stream with many exposed sewer pipes between South Lakes Drive, Wakerobin Lane, Cedar Cove Court and Lake Audubon.

Surveys were done to ensure that the endangered Small Whorled Pogonia (not found) and the Northern Long-Eared Bat (not found) would not be impacted by the project.

Surveys determined the condition of the stream channel, soils, tree cover and documented the plant species and the condition of the plant communities on site.

The design has avoided impacts to private property and tree canopy to the greatest extent possible.

Project Description

The project will restore 750 linear feet of the stream channel to prevent erosion, convey stormwater, protect infrastructure, improve soils and support native vegetation.

The primary goals of the restoration are:

  • Improve water quality by removing Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Total Suspended Solids
  • Protect the infrastructure associated with the sanitary sewer system
  • Remove invasive vegetation in the restoration site
  • Reforest the area with native vegetation after construction
  • Improve wildlife habitat

Project Location

The restoration is between South Lakes Drive, Wakerobin Lane, Cedar Cove Court and Lake Audubon.

The project area is shown in yellow outline.

Project Benefits

  • Protect surface waters by preventing sediment from flowing into Lake Audubon
  • Protect county infrastructure and private property
  • Restore native vegetation

Project Phase

  • Construction started on October 10, 2019
  • Ongoing stream assessment


It is estimated that the project will be complete in one year.

What to expect

Construction access and deliveries will enter the site through Cedar Cove Court. Residents should expect periodic deliveries of material using dump trucks to the site starting after 7 a.m. on weekdays. Note that at some periods during construction, work may occur on weekends. Deliveries on those days will be made after 9 a.m.

Project cost and funding source

Construction of the Snakeden Branch at Lake Audubon Stream Restoration is estimated to cost about $1,000,000. Stormwater projects are funded through the county Stormwater Service District.

Presentations to the Community


For more information please email Project Manager Meghan Fellows, Stormwater Planning Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, or call 703-324-5807, TTY 711.

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