Gulf Branch Stream Project

Location

3608 North Military Rd, Arlington, VA 22207  View Map

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Status

Approved

In Design

Gulf Branch Stream Project

Location

Stream sections near Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N Military Rd.

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Status

In Design

The design phase for the Gulf Branch Stream Project began in 2019. It was put on hold in March 2020 due to budgetary uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Design work and project engagement resumed in June 2022. The design process will continue through 2023. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2024-26.

About the Project

As part of Arlington County’s efforts to protect our local streams, Gulf Branch was identified as a high priority for a stream repair and resiliency project because of habitat degradation, active erosion and infrastructure concerns. Funding for design was allocated through the Capital Improvement Plan in 2018.

This project will create a stable stream channel to accommodate storm flows, protect exposed pipes and other infrastructure, address active erosion, and provide habitat. It will also reduce excess sediment and nutrients being transported downstream and help us meet our Chesapeake Bay goals. Stream projects are a key strategy identified and adopted as part of the Stormwater Master Plan.

Public Process

In 2019-2020, during two preliminary meetings, we reviewed the goals of the project, floodplain reconnection structures, and specific challenges and proposed practices in the targeted areas in Gulf Branch. We received feedback at the meetings and through an online form about how the community values and uses the stream valley currently and gathered input about desired changes. Please see the meeting materials in the table below for more information. 

In March 2020, the project design process was put on hold due to budgetary constraints for capital funding during the pandemic. The engagement process was restarted with a community meeting in June 2022. 

Share your thoughts on the proposed design! Open through August 15, 2022

Contact us to receive notification of upcoming meeting dates.

Date Location and Description Meeting Materials
June 22, 2022

Community Meeting
Virtual

May 23, 2022

Advisory Group Meeting
Gulf Branch Nature Center

February 19, 2020 Advisory Group Meeting
Gulf Branch Nature Center
November 6, 2019 Community Meeting #2
Madison Community Center
October 9, 2019 Advisory Group Meeting
Gulf Branch Nature Center
July 17, 2019 Open House / Meeting #1
Gulf Branch Nature Center
May 22, 2019 Gulf Branch Stream Restoration Advisory Group
Gulf Branch Nature Center