The Long Branch central tributary will be the focus of intense restoration, beginning in 2020
January 25, 2020:
Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw and staff, along with Friends of Accotink Creek, joined a stream walk organized by Friends of Long Branch Stream Valley. Together, we examined firsthand some of the issues afflicting Long Branch central (and most area streams), the proposed solutions past and present, and how the vision for the consolidated project might embrace a broad vision for enhancing stream health.
We heard the wisdom of friends and neighbors of Long Branch, among them some well-informed environmental professionals. Topics we discussed included:
- Improving community communications with County and Commonwealth
- Progress since 2010 on restoration projects on Long Branch
- Outlet and inlet retrofits and other alternatives to streambed engineering
- Habitat restoration as an integral part of restoration
- The use of limited natural channel design only in isolated cases
- The limits of human power to control streams over time
This walk was prompted by the impending commencement of public meetings and planning to implement Fairfax County's inspiration to focus on restoration of an entire small watershed. This is a departure from the usual approach of addressing opportunities here and there as they may arise. The Accotink Creek TMDL provided impetus for the new approach, by specifically naming Long Branch central as an impaired water.
Long Branch central project list from 2010 Accotink Creek Watershed Plan
Full descriptions of 10-year projects may be found HERE (58 MB, search by project number)
Virtual Tour of Long Branch central
Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw shared our walk on Facebook