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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fairfax County restores Wakefield Run

The newly restored Wakefield Run.

The Wakefield Run restoration project is just about complete, except for some additional replanting that will be done by the contractor and volunteers.

The stream is supposed to direct high water out onto the floodplain, and it has done so during a couple of rainstorms that occurred since it was completed, reports Philip Latasa of Friends of Accotink Creek.

Wakefield Run originates in Annandale near Braddock Elementary School, flows under the beltway and the Cross County Trail and joins Accotink Creek in Wakefield Park. The stream had been subject to excessive runoff, which caused severe erosion.
The restoration project was aimed at slowing down erosion and stabilizing the streambed by putting in a plunge pool at the beltway culvert, creating meanders in the stream, reinforcing the banks with stone, and carrying out other improvements. FAC volunteers saved some of the native plants for replanting.

The total cost of the project was $440,000, or roughly $400 to $500 per linear foot. The majority of the funding, $300,000, was from the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. The balance came from Washington Gas and the Park Authority’s compensation for the loss of land due to the beltway express lanes project.

FAC hopes the restored stream will be a better habitat for fish and invertebrates.

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