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Hunter Mill-Area Residents Organizing Against Septic Site

by Karen Goff — April 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm 4 Comments

 A group of Hunter Mill-area residents is organizing against the proposed septic waste disposal site for Lake Fairfax Maintenance Area 6.

The Hunter Mill Defense League (HDML) this week sent Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins a petition with more than 500 signatures in opposition to relocating the septic dump from Colvin Run in Great Falls to the Lake Fairfax spot, located on Hunter Mill Road on the Reston/Vienna line.

About 21,000 homes in Fairfax County are not tied into the public sewer and must have their septic tanks cleaned out every five years and dumped in one of two county receiving facilities. The septage sites also receive waste from portable toilets and grease from restaurants.

Haulers make about 6,000 trips to the Colvin Run site annually — far too many for a narrow road like Hunter Mill to accommodate so many trucks, residents say.

“Since 1985, the Hunter Mill Road community has been unanimous in its desire to maintain development in the corridor in accordance with the established comprehensive plan,” wrote HMDL President David Bell in the letter to Hudgins.

“We have repeatedly voiced this opinion in battling proposals for high-density development at the Toll Road interchange, in the development of the Wiehle metro station, in developing traffic-calming measures and in negotiating in good faith the Special Exception permitting the Oakcrest School project,” the letter continues. “In each of these instances, the message from the community, your constituents, has remained the same — develop in accordance with the comprehensive plan.”

“Given that, many in the community are incredulous that this proposal, for what can best be described as an industrial use, has even been brought before the community by our elected and appointed leaders for consideration.

This week, county officials said all progress will be halted for six months while the county and consultants from Hazen and Sawyer consider other options.

feasibility study by Hazen and Sawyer said it would cost $3.4 million to build a new, odor-controlled, secure facility at Lake Fairfax.

Meanwhile, the Colvin Run Septage Receiving Site will be temporarily closed in June for safety reasons due to the ongoing construction of the Difficult Run Pump Station. The site will be closed for about two years, Hudgins’ office said.

Want to sign the petition or get involved? The HDML will hold a petition drive/rally at 3 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Park Lake Drive and Lake Fairfax Drive. You can also sign online.

HMDL Letter to Catherine Hudgins Supervisor HunterMill District

Photo: One-lane bridge on Hunter Mill Road near proposed septage receiving site.

  • Mike M

    Reston/Vienna line? Vienna?

  • Greg

    The HDML are good people. I am so pleased to see they are involved and strongly opposing this absurd project.

    Now, where is Rescue Reston?

    • Sally Forth

      HMDL has this under control with hundreds of petitioners vs the 21 from Great Falls. Or do you think Great Falls petitioners hold greater influence than Hunter Mill ones? Insert snark alert here.

      Rescue Reston mission is to protect open space at Reston National Golf Course and has no dog in this fight. Reston Association has no dog in this fight as it is outside of RA boundaries. Reston Citizens Association might be of help. They do work all over Reston. If you are looking for extra support for HMDL, you might want to be focusing on FC Park Authority and Supervisor Hudgins who allowed this crazy plan to gain any traction. Also, maybe contact the haulers who sure have a direct interest in keeping the dumping spot convenient.

      And does Fairfax County seriously think that closing the Colvin Run dump spot for TWO YEARS is either necessary or ethical??? As a tax payer, I know that is totally bogus. IF a facility is being closed for two years, I would fire all involved in the project for gross incompetence. Any large construction company can get this project done in much less time. This is yet another disgusting county ploy to get the site moved from the Colvin Run site. The county MUST supply a NORTH county temporary dumping site while Colvin Run is closed. That can be done and must be for the sake of the haulers and traffic safety reasons. The county seems to be working hard at destroying any credibility it has ever had with tax payers. I can see haulers opening sewer manholes all over the area if this is not corrected and I wouldn’t blame them.

      This is not a partisan political issue but one of fairness and common sense. HINT: if you are a septic tank homeowner, schedule an early clean-out NOW before the Colvin Run shuts down.

  • Why do you bother?

    No sh*t!

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