Tuesday, August 30, 2016


From RA Watershed Manager Nicki Bellezza this morning:  "Reston Association is hosting a stream walk of the restored Snakeden Branch and Glade stream valleys on Saturday, September 10 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Walker Nature Center located at 11450 Glade Drive.  Please join me in visiting the streams that were restored beginning in 2008 and completed in 2011 to the finished product years later.  ... We will walk the paved trails in a loop to visit Snakeden Branch near Lake Audubon and the Glade Stream Valley near Soapstone Drive and then back to the Nature Center via the nature trails.  Handouts with before (condition) pictures will be provided.  Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to RSVP ... nicki@reston.org ... ."

Monday, August 15, 2016


Stream Restoration Project Manager Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc. Engineering Director Frank Graziano, and Ecosystem Restoration Manager John Connelly, walked the Block 1-2 construction site with interested HCA Directors and Members at 10:00 a.m., Saturday August 20, 2016, and answered questions about the previously-approved project activities and three month schedule.  During the week of August 15-19, WSSI also updated marking tapes on up to 94 HCA trees to be removed within the project area, less those already fallen or removed earlier for safety reasons.  RA Senior Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Resources Larry Butler and RA Watershed Manager Nicki Bellezza also attended.  Updates will be posted here on the HCA website as necessary.  UPDATES ... WSSI will start work from the south end near the HCA pond, and no earlier than 7:00 a.m. and no later than 9:00 p.m. as allowed by Fairfax County noise rules.  Heavy equipment used during regular work hours will include a pump to move stream water around work areas that must remain dry.  WSSI will not include the Vantage Hills portion of the original plan in this effort.

Thursday, August 11, 2016


Reston Association announced earlier this week that the long-awaited $870,000 HCA Stream Restoration project between Blocks 1 and 2, including the custom Goodman-style footbridge designed by Block 3 resident Ralph P. Youngren FAIA, was finally funded and will begin next month.  Completion is planned for December 2016, earlier than as reported by RA, and should not impact use or possible Fall 2016 asphalt repaving of Maple Ridge Road.  HCA reported a tentative September 2016 start and related information in a December 2015 HCA website post.  RA funded and completed related HCA pond dredging last summer.  Project Manager Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc. will present a public information update to RA DRB at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at RA Headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr.  WSSI provided HCA with an advance copy of the August 16 RA DRB presentation, and is coordinating a construction site walk-and-talk with WSSI project leaders on either Saturday morning August 20 or 27 for HCA Directors and residents.  HCA encourages all interested residents to attend, and will post more information here when available.