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Speak Out on Proposed Reston Septic Site Thursday

by Karen Goff — February 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Map of Proposed Septage Site/Courtesy Fairfax CountyReston-area residents will have a chance to get more details about a septic waste receiving site that county officials are planning for Lake Fairfax Park land.

The current county dumping site is located on Colvin Run Road in Great Falls. Tank trucks deliver sewage from homes not tapped into the county sewer system — mostly ones on acreage in Great Falls and Oakton — and grease from area restaurants to the facility.

However the facility is outdated, has a flooding risk and other issues, says Fairfax County Park Authority Chair Bill Bouie.

The community meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bechtel’s Conference Center, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston. Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins is expected to provide more information and answer questions.

Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services briefed park authority officials last week on its Septage Receiving Site Feasibility Study that found several reasons to move to a new site in Reston.

The county is proposing a secure, modern, odor-controlled facility off Hunter Mill Road. It is important to have the new plant located off a major road to minimize the impact on traffic, county officials said.

While the proposed new site is on park land, it is not in a part of Lake Fairfax Park that is accessible to citizens, said Bouie.

The Park Authority’s Area 6 Park Operations / Lake Fairfax Maintenance area is located in an isolated, employee-only part of the park. The septage facility would be heavily screened by trees and is not in a floodplain, according to the county’s proposal.

  • VieDeMon

    About 50 folks showed up this evening to hear this “feasibility” study – most folks had just a few days notice – many thanks for RestonNow for getting the word out. Hudgins was “surprised” at the rancor of the audience who were outspoken and frankly dubious – they asked if this was a done deal? No just a feasibility study – yet no analysis of alternatives was provided and the next action cited was pre-design effort. Interesting facts: those that signed up to speak or ask questions – that sign up sheet went missing. Outside the existing and proposed site, the 3 other alternative sites were in flood plains and there were no negatives given for the proposed site which puts an industrial facility in a residential neighbor and park. Not mentioned but shown in a picture, the proposed site’s distance (water flows downhill) is about 5 car lengths from a flood zone. Nor the 1-lane bridge w.in 50 yards wasn’t shown or mentioned, much less a pedestrian/biker crossing. Meeting went on for nearly 2.5 hours w/ the hired consultant patiently presenting and taking questions, shielding the FFX Cty Wastewater Exec and Hudgins from the brunt of the audience’s questions and exasperation. The WW Exec and Hudgins, with some difficulty, answered a direct question that the existing site did not have any EPA or State violations. More to shared by this observer….

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