Accotink Creek Watershed Planning
"Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their watershed."
Goals of Watershed PlanningThe overall goal of watershed planning is to serve as a tool to identify and address causes of degradation and to ensure future protection for Fairfax County water resources. There are many new technologies and creative planning tools that can be applied to protect, mitigate, and restore watersheds. Some may be "too creative" and amount to meddling, causing unintended negative consequences. Particularly to be avoided is diverting energy to budget-building, feel-good busywork.
Accotink Creek Watershed PlanFormal planning for Accotink Creek was completed in 2010. This does not mean that nothing remains for us to do. The implementation of the projects can still be guided toward favoring beavers before bulldozers and toward pushing the solutions away from the stream, out into the streets, parking lots, and storm drains where the problems originate. Decisions made now will shape the future over the 25-year life of the Accotink Creek Watershed Management Plan. Information on ongoing or completed Accotink Creek Watershed Plan projects here,
Our Planning Aims
Watershed Planning VolunteersFriends of Accotink Creek welcomes volunteers with governmental insight and regulatory navigation skills committed to protecting the watershed from both builders seeking dollars and budget planners trying to spend dollars. Contact us, to make a difference.
Build Upon Completed Plan RecommendationsAlready-completed plans for other Fairfax County watersheds include a number of policy recommendations the Accotink Creek plan should build upon:
Planning HistoryIn the late 1970s, the county developed master drainage plans for all of the watersheds in the county, including Accotink Creek. This plan identified projects to solve environmental problems projected through the year 2000. In January 2001, the county started a stream restoration and protection study and completed the Fairfax County Stream Protection Strategy. This baseline study evaluated the condition of county streams and prioritized the watersheds for protection strategies. See the Accotink Creek Watershed Summary web page.
Building on the recommendations from the Stream Protection Strategy, the county initiated a process to develop watershed management plans for all 30 watersheds in the county over a period of five to seven years.
The stream protection strategy program is ongoing with further biological monitoring and assessment of stream condition. The Fairfax County Health Department monitors stream water quality at 84 sampling sites throughout the county. Fairfax County Stream Water Quality Reports can be found at:
More Information:Accotink Creek Watershed Plan
Fairfax County Stream Restoration Video