The stream restoration project in the CountrySide area of Loudoun County is intended to increase animal habitat, improve local water quality and reduce pollutants and sediments into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The stream, a Potomac River tributary, flows between River Bend Middle and Potomac Falls High schools through property owned by the CountrySide Proprietary. The restoration project area is on the north side of Algonkian Parkway.
Work began in October 2023. The two-year project will require the closure of the pedestrian path north of Algonkian Parkway between Rutherford Circle and Cedarhurst Drive. A detour will guide pedestrians to and from an alternate route on the south side of Algonkian Parkway.
The work will restore 3,125 linear feet of the stream and reintroduce native species, resulting in the planting of approximately:
6,000 live stakes. Live stakes are stem cuttings inserted directly into the stream bank; the developing root networks help reduce soil loss.
5,000 sage and rush grass plugs.
Riparian and upland seeding along and above the banks of the stream also will be included.
The project supports state and federal requirements to reduce pollutants into the Chesapeake Bay from local streams and is estimated to:
Eliminate more than 200 pounds of phosphorus per year.
Eliminate more than 500 pounds of nitrogen per year.
Prevent more than 130,000 pounds of total suspended solids, such as sediment or particles that do not dissolve in water, from reaching the Potomac.