Prince William County has undertaken a number of stream restoration projects to improve the quality of our local streams and waterways. We identify projects during our field inspections or watershed studies. Projects include work along Cow Branch, Flat Branch, Powell's Creek, Marumsco Creek and Neabsco Creek.
Much like surgery, stream restoration projects can be messy, requiring us to cut and open up areas. These activites result in short term impacts:
We monitor the project throughout the construction phase to minimize the impacts to the stream as much as possible. Despite the short term impacts felt during construction, there are many valuable long term benefits through our intervention. These benefits include:
When the project is completed, staff continues to monitor the project area to ensure the stream is stable and the project goals are achieved.
Here's our stream restoration team at work:
Stream work achieves important benefits that: