Fairfax County Park Authority
Burgess & Niple (B&N) was responsible for environmental services required to design 7,200 feet of recreational trails and bridges along Accotink Creek. These services included wetland delineation and jurisdictional evaluation. The proposed eight-foot-wide asphalt trail extends from King Arthur Road to Wakefield Park in Annandale, Virginia. The trail is located within the floodplain of Accotink Creek and follows the alignment of an existing sanitary sewer easement along Accotink Creek as it flows through Accotink Stream Valley Park.
B&N prepared the individual permit application required for impacts under Section 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act. Throughout the permit process, B&N coordinated with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding permitting and mitigation requirements and strategies.
Due to the project’s location near the historical Mill Race, concerns about the trail’s impacts were raised by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. B&N successfully addressed these concerns by constructing the trail away from this historical site.
In addition to the historical properties, the presence of threatened wood turtles (clemmys insculpta) were documented near the project site. B&N coordinated with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to ensure that no harm to the turtle or its habitat would result from the construction of this trail.