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Developer Fund Will Pay For Two Reston Association Stream Restoration Projects

by Karen Goff — August 12, 2016 at 11:45 am 9 Comments

Reston AssociationReston Association will soon begin stream restoration projects on two eroded stream areas in Hickory Cluster and near Wiehle Avenue.

The work will begin in September and should be finished by the summer of 2017, Reston Association officials said in a release.

The cost of the projects will be about $4 million, but the costs will not be paid with RA funds. The money will come from the Northern Virginia Stream Restoration Bank (NVSRB), which collects money from developers who must mitigate unavoidable stream impacts on their projects.

Reston’s stream restoration project was approved in 2006, began in 2008 and continued through 2011 before funding became more limited.

The two sections about to start were previously approved by RA and its Design Review Board. With money now available for the work, and DRB approval already in place, a letter of intent to finance the restoration of the two stream reaches was signed by the NVSRB.

The project will be managed by Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc., which handles many lake- and stream-related work for RA, including stream restoration work in Reston at Snakeden Branch, Colvin Run and the Glade.

Information about the restorations of the two streams will be presented to the DRB at its regular on meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. at Reston Association.

RA says there are many benefits of stream restoration, including:

  •  Reducing the frequency of lake dredging, saving RA an average of $163,000 per year in dredging costs.
  • Making the restored areas safer and more accessible.
  • Improving the local environment.
  • Protecting infrastructure, including pathways, bridges and utilities.

“This is just a continuation of a project that begin in earnest in 2008,” Larry Butler, RA’s senior director of parks, recreation and community resources, said in a statement. “We think it’s a great thing for Reston, and we will do whatever we can do to meet with residents and explain the project.”

Some trees may be removed as part of the initial restoration work, RA says.

There is additional stream restoration work underway in the area behind Wakerobin and Cedar Cove, where erosion led to a leaking sewage pipe last summer.

Because there is likely to be additional runoff from South Lakes High School’s upcoming construction of a 40,000-square-foot addition, Fairfax County is funding that restoration project.

  • Greg

    JMJ — the DRB has jurisdiction over streams?

    • cRAzy

      Good point! Why isn’t the EAC overseeing the plans and operations of forest killer WSSI???

  • FinancialGenius

    This is such good news. The savings of $163,000 per year can be used for the Tetra overruns and the excess savings beyond that can be used to fund the pony barn project.
    Kappa.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Are you being sarcastic ?

  • 30yearsinreston

    DRB jumping on the bandwagon
    The good news is that RA Is not involved
    The can’t be trusted to.manage a hot dog stand

  • John Farrell

    DRB review of WSSI clear cutting has been prefunctory and very frustrating for abutting homeowners and clusters. Homeowners and cluster reps. need to be aggressive at the August 17 meeting to prevent a recurrence of the Snake Den disaster.

    The DRB members spend more time hassling homeowners over ornamental plantings than closely examining the necessity of removing so many trees in the RA owned stream valleys. DRB members are far too deferential to RA staff and WSSI personnel in the evaluation of tree removal. RA staff cannot be relied on to protect the trees in the stream valley from unnecessary removal.

    Snake Den still has not recovered from the desecration of it 8 years ago. A beautiful closed canopy woodland is still a scrub/shrub deer nursery that boils the benthic and aquatic lifer in the stream in the summer.

    There was far too much use of heavy machinery and not nearly enough use of hand tools.

    • cRAzy
      • John Farrell

        Thanks for the link. God, does that bring back nightmares.

    • Rational Reston

      There are so many points to the Snakeden disaster: the destruction of old trees, the (seemingly) heavy equipment races, the disruption of wildlife (which still hasn’t found a new balance), and the standing pools of water (which were designed in the age of avian flu, so it was a bad idea even then).

      Even if stream ‘restoration’ is needed the people who created the Snakeden disaster should in no way be part of the process. Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc. must go.

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