Thursday, June 25, 2009

Snakeden Stream Restoration Tour

There will be a guided walk along the restored length of stream at Snakeden Branch to explain what was done, Sat. June 27 from 9am to noon.

From RA
The general public stream walk that shows the stream restoration one year after construction starts at 9:00 a.m. We will meet at the Rite Aid parking lot at the Hunters Woods Village Center. Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes/boots that can get wet or muddy.

This will be useful for those wondering what might be in store for the planned restoration of Hickory Cluster's stream flowing into Lake Anne. The details of the restoration will likely be different due to the differences in stream size and flow, but this will be a chance to discuss the options and understand the process. RSVP is to or call 703-435-6560.

RA Background Information on Stream Restoration including great video introduction with before and after shots.
RA Plan


  1. I hope it's a lot less than what happened in South Reston. their woods were devistated.. Our woods are not nearly as think around our stream. this could potentially know down all the trees in Hickory Cluster!

  2. I agree. The Snakeden restoration translated to HC would mean the end of our woods.

  3. Several of us spent 3 1/2 hrs. walking several reaches that had been restored in Glade and Snakeden, the oldest was just over one year old and the most recent was 3 months ago. The speed of regrowth is impressive. Hickory streams would not need as much work as they are much narrower and the flows are smaller. But the quality of the engineering work and thought put into this is very impressive. I will post some photos when I can.

    Fred Swartzendruber

  4. Fred did you talk to them specifically about what the footprint would be for the Hickory streams. Often when you really look closely at it in anyone spot there are only a couple large trees on each side of the stream. Anything remotely like what they've done in South Reston will be terrible.

  5. We did talk about it in general terms. Each site is different, clearly. Hickory has less area draining into it, so the flow is lower and the cleared space would be less. But we have some long-term problems due to severe erosion of the stream banks, with some trees already falling and others which will soon be undermined. There is also a sewer line runing along the stream which is being exposed by the erosion, and that requires attention. Most likely they would shift the stream to one side or the other and change the shape of the bends. There will be several community walks along the site to discuss issues and we will have a say in which individual trees are removed.

  6. What amount of approval is necessary for Hickory Cluster as an entity to allow the easement for the work to begin on the stream project?

    I spoke with someone who was claiming that Hickory Cluster had no say and that the project was a 'done deal'. As I understood it RA needed a 2/3 majority vote from Hickory Cluster in order for us to allow the easement.



    p.s. photos of the woods from before it became overgrown might be a good reference for people to visualize how the restoration could benefit HC.


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