Stream Restoration

Stream Restoration

Nicki Bellezza, RA Watershed Manager 703-435-6560

NOTICE (Updated Jan. 3, 2018): Streams in Reston are under construction as part of the Northern Virginia Stream Restoration Bank (NVSRB). Orange safety fence outlines the path construction vehicles use to repair the eroded stream channels. For your safety, please do not cross the gates or safety fence.

Construction at Brown’s Chapel Park is complete except for the installation of the new bridge and paving of the asphalt trails. The stream at Vantage Hill is estimated to be completed at the end of January 2018.

Stream construction at Lake Anne West (near Waterview Cluster) is progressing and is estimated to be complete by early February then planting and paving.

Tree crews are currently working at Lake Anne East near Inlet Cluster. The paved trail from the covered bridge down to the lake is closed but the Lake Anne loop trail is open with a wood chip trail detour around the construction entrance. Please use caution. Stream construction is estimated to begin the week of Jan. 15, 2018.

The limits of clearing flagging will be installed at Buttermilk and Tall Oaks streams by Jan 12, 2018. Tree clearing will begin and the construction entrance installed in January. The tree clearing will be finished by the end of March.

Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc., plans to complete stream construction on all reaches, excluding Wiehle South, by fall 2018.

All wood from the project will be either used in the stream itself or will be split into fire wood and made available to residents at Brown’s Chapel Park in the lot near the upper ball fields.

After construction, hundreds of trees and shrubs will be planted along the stream.

For more information visit:

Sugarland Run Stormwater Improvements in Autumnwood Park 

Fairfax County, in partnership with Reston Association, has developed projects to improve stormwater management within the Autumnwood Park watersheds.

*Please Note*  These projects are different and completely separate from the Stream Restoration Projects in Snakeden Branch, The Glade and Colvin Run Watersheds.

The Autumnwood Park improvement projects are a Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Department initiative to decrease the velocity of flows and reduce sedimentation of the large stormwater pond near Fairfax County Parkway at the Autumnwood Recreation area.

There are five potential projects. The specific facilities and locations of interest are shown on the map.

One other potential project for which no plans have been developed.

  • Trails Edge Lane Section 45 (Basin 0330 DP)

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Autumnwood Regional Stormwater Pond
At the Autumnwood Recreation Area, Fairfax County installed a forebay, constructed wetlands, rock steps, and micro pools at the existing stormwater pond (Regional Pond 0330DP) located at the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Walnut Branch Road near the Autumnwood pool and tennis courts.

The Autumnwood Regional Pond construction work began in July and was completed in October with plantings finished in December 2013. The wetland cells and micro pools were constructed to improve water quality of the basin.

To report flooding of the basin, please submit a storm drainage report to Fairfax County, at the following the link:

- Concept plan
- Site plan
- Landscape plan
- Demo plan

Winstead Lane and Autumnwood Drive Basin 0333DP
Reston Section 41 basin 0333DP is located behind 11920, 11922, and 11924 Winstead Lane along Bennington Woods Road. Fairfax County graded the area into three micro pools of water and planted the natural area to improve the function of the existing facility in order to add water quality benefits.

On March 14, 2013 a warranty walk was performed at Section 41, and the Fairfax County Urban Forester rejected nearly 95% of the trees and shrubs. The contractor replaced the trees and shrubs and watered weekly in the summer.

Armstrong Elementary School Project
Armstrong Elementary School is located at 11900 Lake Newport Rd. The school retrofit included reforestation to parts of the school property as well as vegetated swales and rain gardens. These measures allow for greater water quality improvement and velocity control of stormwater from the school property.

View the concept plans. (These are very large PDF files, please be patient.)

For more information, view the letter to residents.

Lake Newport Soccer Field Project
The soccer field is located at 1550 Reston Parkway on the western corner of the Reston Parkway and Lake Newport Road intersection. The retrofit will serve to improve the function of the existing facility to add water quality improvement. Some of the enhancements included on the plan are: grading in and around the facility, installing a rain garden, and planting native vegetation.

To view the concept plans, click here.

Grading Plan
Erosion and Sedimentation Plan
Swale Design Plan
Installation Details
Parking Lot Details
Landscaping Plan

There are no plans developed yet for the Section 45 Trails Edge Lane (Basin 0334DP).

For questions or more information, please contact Nicki Bellezza, RA’s Watershed Supervisor at 703-435-6560 or by email at

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