From your backyard to the Chesapeake Bay, what occurs in your neighborhood affects the water quality downstream.
What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that drains to a particular water body, such as a lake or river. No matter where you are, you are within a watershed. Fairfax County’s 30 watersheds are nested within the larger Chesapeake Bay Watershed. If everyone takes care of the streams in their local watershed, the Bay will benefit.
Watershed Management Plans
Fairfax County has developed comprehensive watershed management plans for each of the county's 30 watersheds. A watershed management plan serves as a tool to identify and address the issues affecting our environment and to protect and restore the county's streams and other water resources. Select a watershed to view the watershed management plan online. Hard copies of the plan may be found at local libraries and Board of Supervisor district offices that are within one mile of the watershed boundary.