Fairfax Water recently awarded Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends a $1,437 grant in support of the organization’s water-quality-monitoring program.
The effort will include Walney Pond, along with the streams and creeks passing through Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. This grant will provide funding for on-site water quality monitoring to address potential pollution threats from nearby construction projects.
“Due to the potential for pollution from these sources, regular water-quality monitoring is necessary in order to provide information on the health and suitability of the water that’s used by the flora and fauna in the park, as well as any impact to visitors of the park,” county officials said. “It will also allow for an understanding of seasonal and long-term trends in water quality.”
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park lies just north of Interstate 66 and is divided by Route 28 and Walney Road, all currently undergoing intensive construction. Much of the drainage from these areas flows into Big Rocky Run and then through the park.
Several smaller streams originate in the park, while Walney Pond is fed mostly by surface-water runoff. Rocky Run flows into Cub Run, which joins Bull Run and ends at the Occoquan Reservoir.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends was established in 2019 to support the park. For information, see the Website at https://eclpfriends.org.