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Fairfax County begins effort to reduce stormwater runoff

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Local,Virginia,Taylor Holland,Fairfax County

Fairfax County officials on Wednesday announced plans to better control excess stormwater and reduce the amount of pollutants reaching local waterways.

Supervisor John Cook, R-Braddock, said the county plans to convert a swimming pool, parking lot and clubhouse at the now defunct Kings West Swim Club into community green space to prohibit the flow of sediment and other materials into the nearby Rabbit Run.

By converting the swim club, which was closed years ago because of declining membership, into green space, Cook said the county will be able to reduce stormwater runoff in the area by roughly 10 percent.

"I am proud to have been able to play a role in taking an abandoned pool that created serious health and safety concerns for the community and transform it into an environmental resource that will provide much needed water quality enhancements in the Rabbit Run Branch of the Pohick Stream Valley," Cook said.

The announcement comes on the heels of a county-wide effort to meet new state standards designed to protect Virginia land from erosion and pollution.

Demolition of the facility is set to begin next week.

tholland@washingtonexaminer.com

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