Stormwater Infrastructure Projects

Page updated on Nov 8, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Lake Cook Stormwater Management Retrofit ProjectLake Cook Location Map

Lake Cook is located along Eisenhower Avenue in Cameron Run Regional Park, adjacent to Great Waves Waterpark.  The Lake Cook Stormwater Management Retrofit Project will retrofit the existing fishing pond to a stormwater wet pond.  This wet pond will act as a stormwater best management practice (BMP) to help filter pollutants, such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment out of the stormwater that enters the pond.  

The City of Alexandria Public Art Program has selected artist David Hess to join the Lake Cook design team to integrate public art into the retrofit project. 

Project Goals and Benefits

  • Upgrade the lake to to better treat stormwater runoff to help meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup mandates and protect downstream waterways
  • Enhance amenities, create new trail connections and new fishing opportunities
  • Landscaping with native plants to discourage geese and provide habitat for riparian birds and animals 
  • New educational signage with ecological and stormwater information around the trail

Lake Cook Artist Perspective   Lake Cook Illustrative Site Plan

Funding

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) awarded the City a $1.5 million Stormwater Local Assistance Fund grant for this project. 

Schedule

Construction on this project started in May 2017 and is expected to be complete in fall 2018.


Ben Brenman Pond Stormwater Management Retrofit ProjectBen Brenman Pond Location Map

Ben Brenman Pond, also called Cameron Station Pond, is located in Ben Brenman Park.  The Ben Brenman Pond Stormwater Management Retrofit Project will retrofit the existing "level 1" stormwater wet pond to a "level 2" stormwater wet pond.  This wet pond acts as a stormwater BMP to help filter pollutants, such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment out of the stormwater that enters the pond.  

PROJECT GOALs AND BENEFITS

  • Upgrade the pond to better treat stormwater runoff to help meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup mandates and protect downstream waterways
  • Landscaping with native plants to discourage geese and provide habitat for riparian birds and animals 
  • New educational signage with ecological and stormwater information around the trail

    Ben Brenman Pond Concept Plan

FUNDING

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) awarded the City a $1.75 million   Stormwater Local Assistance Fund grant for this project. 

SCHEDULE

Design on this project is complete and construction is tentatively expected to start in early 2019.   

Public Outreach

Connect with the City on social media and sign up for eNews to receive information as this project progresses. There will be a pre-construction meeting before construction begins.  

City staff engaged with residents before and during the design stage of this project.  The following community meetings were held to solicit feedback on the project:

  • Community Meeting #1
    October 8, 2014 at Samuel Tucker Elementary School
  • Community Meeting #2
    July 19, 2016 at Beatley Library
  • Community Meeting #3
    July 21, 2016 at the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Community Meeting #4
    October 20, 2016 at City Hall
  • Community Meeting #5
    November 28, 2016 at Cameron Station Homeowners Association
  • Community Meeting #6
    June 7, 2017 at Beatley Library


Lucky Run Stream Restoration

Lucky Run 1

Lucky Run is a tributary to Four Mile Run and part of the larger Potomac River watershed. The Lucky Run watershed consists of approximately 225 acres of densely developed urban land and as a result, the stream currently exhibits instability along with several unfavorable characteristics. The project section of the Lucky Run begins where the stream emerges from the culvert under West Braddock Road near I-395 and continues downstream to the wet pond near Ford Avenue and Park Center Drive. Natural channel design techniques will be applied to approximately 950 linear feet of stream to restore Lucky Run to a stable condition and improve stream function, water quality, and habitat.

Lucky Run 2The restored stream will be reconnected to the floodplain which will help filter pollutants, such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment.  In addition, banks will be stabilized using native vegetation and other natural sustainable techniques which will mitigate the bank erosion, preventing large amounts of sediment from washing downstream.  Whenever possible, on-site materials will be used in the construction of the project.

PROJECT GOALS AND CO-BENEFITS

  • Restore the stream to a stable condition to improve water quality and help meet the  Chesapeake Bay cleanup mandates
  • Improve the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the stream
  • Enhance aesthetics and further establish the area as an amenity
  • Use native plants to provide habitat for riparian birds and animals 
  • Protect the walking trail and utilities including the sanitary sewer and storm drain outfalls

FUNDING

Lucky Run 3 The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) awarded the City a $668,000  Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF) grant for partial funding of this project. Currently, the total estimated project cost is $1.9 million.

ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE

This project is currently in the design process.  The design process is expected to be complete in spring 2019. 

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