The Department of Environmental Services (DES) is making Arlington County a vibrant, accessible and sustainable community with focus in the areas of transportation, the environment and capital investment projects.
Transportation issues are at the forefront of the “smart growth” principles to which the County is committed. Arlington’s emphasis on transit-oriented development and multimodal transportation have clear environmental benefits. Bringing the County’s experts on transportation and transit together enhance coordination and ensure a robust infrastructure moving forward. This division includes Commuter Services, Transit, Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering and Operations, and Development Services.
The Division of Operations has long been responsible for maintaining a clean environment, ensuring clean water is returned to Four Mile Run – and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay – and providing solid waste management services. This expertise was combined with the complementary programs at Water/Sewer/Streets to safely manage the sanitary, storm, and drinking water systems. The division also includes the Water Pollution Control Plant, Solid Waste, Utilities and the Equipment Bureau.
Arlington’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a major, multi-million-dollar undertaking critical to investment in the community’s future. To provide a systematic and thorough approach to this vital program, the County consolidated all capital projects and engineering activities into one department, including Design and Construction, Engineering, Facilities Management, Real Estate, and the GIS Mapping Center. The goal is to reduce the time between project approval and project completion in order to save money and fulfill community expectations. Sound environmental design is also incorporated in projects.
In addition to each functional division focusing on a key policy area, the Department of Environmental Services' Director's Office is supported by Administrative Services, Communications and Outreach, Safety, and Sustainability and Environmental Management.