Public Works and Environmental Services Alert:
You can see the above ground parts of the system, including:
The county maintains the public storm drainage system contained within dedicated storm drainage easements. The Virginia Department of Transportation maintains the storm systems in public street rights-of-way. Storm systems on land owned by other public bodies such as the Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax County Public Schools and the federal government are maintained by those entities. There are also numerous private systems that are the responsibility of private property owners, including driveway culverts and bridges that cross public drainage systems.
The county is responsible for maintaining the public drainage system and structures within the storm drainage easement to allow for proper function of the system.
Property owners are responsible for:
To report a problem with a stormwater detention pond, please use the Stormwater Management Pond Maintenance Request Form or call the Maintenance & Stormwater Management Division at 703-877-2800, TTY 711.
For information concerning the presence and possible treatment of mosquitoes, please call the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-246-8931, TTY 711.
Private drainage and erosion issues, as well as ground water issues, are the responsibility of the property owner. Drainage directed from gutters, downspouts or other private systems to neighboring properties is a civil matter between the property owners. Driveways, and their associated culverts or bridges, that cross public drainage systems (e.g., that cross over ditches or streams) are also the property owner's responsibilities. Information or assistance may be available from the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District at 703-324-1460, TTY 711, or by email. The county Maintenance & Stormwater Management Division (703-877-2800, TTY 711) may be able to offer assistance about the cause of the problem and possible solutions; however, the county cannot recommend a particular contractor or undertake any work outside a county easement.
For information about conducting a storm drain labeling project, contact the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District at 703-324-1460, TTY 711.