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Community Report
October 15 , 2008

Saving Our Streams
Birding the Route 234 Wetland Bank
The Last Days of Painting at Merrimac Farm
Fall Festival at the Occoquan Bay Refuge
PW Wildflower Society Visits Merrimac Farm
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In the News

Proof or Consequence: Latest cleanup plans must meet goals; Bay leaders aim to use TMDLs to make the Chesapeake a national model for restoration
Bay Journal; October 2008

Five years, $15 million and still no ruling on Asian oysters
Virginian Pilot; October 15 2008

NoVA to receive more than $100 million in funds to improve Chesapeake Bay
D.C. Examiner; October 2 20008

Resident survey finds shifts in satisfaction with county
Washington Post; September 25 2008

Prince William warns big service cuts are likely
Washington Post; October 14 2008

Commission hears land use talk
Potomac News; October 8 2008

Construction starts on Prince William apartments
Washington Business Journal; September 24 2008

Board sets in motion conflict of interest investigation
Potomac News;
October 7 2008
Newsletter Archive

FrogSaving Our Streams
When: Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 pm
Where: Bull Run Unitarian Church, 9350 Main Street, Manassas

Tom Dombrowski - PWC Public Works watershed restoration specialist - will talk about some innovative projects & successes rehabilitating stream corridors in Prince William County. Presentation followed by a community discussion. Bring your questions and share your views! Read more...

Route 234 Wetland Bank Birding the Route 234 Wetland Bank

When: Saturday, October 25 and Saturday, November 1 from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Where: Route 234 Wetland Bank, click here for directions

Questions & RSVP to, 703.499.4954.

Please join us for a field trip to the VDOT Route 234 wetland bank, a seldom visited natural area in our own backyard, led by NoVA birding enthusiast Kurt Gaskill. After two trips, the bird list is up to 72 species and there's more to be added in the coming months. This site is normally closed to the public. Read more...

Painting the Stone House The Last Days of Painting at Merrimac Farm

When: Sunday, October 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Stone House at Merrimac Farm, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville, directions

About half of the Stone House is painted and it's really looking good. We'd like to complete the rest in short order and hope you can help! All repairs to the walls are completed, this should be a straight-up painting job. Extra supplies are always a plus. No RSVP is required, but we appreciate knowing if you plan to attend. Contact us at or 703.499.4954. Read more...

PWCA table at the Occoquan Bay Refuge Fall FestivalFall Festival at the Occoquan Bay Refuge
PWCA Table The Fall Festival at the Occoquan Bay Refuge was last weekend and we had a terrific time. The weather was beautiful and there was lots to do.

The Audubon Society of NoVA, NoVA Bird Club and Virginia Native Plant Society led wildlife and wildflower tours. PWCA was there with an assortment of frogs, turtles & aquatic insects for people to meet. The VA Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries had an great display on mammals, complete with scat replicas. PWCA also continued planting vegetation around the small pond off the parking lot. Read more...

Prince William Wildflower Society meets at Merrimac Farm PW Wildflower Society Visits Merrimac Farm

The Prince William Wildflower Society met at Merrimac Farm on October 4 for their annual meeting. We were glad to see old friends and meet new friends, and had a wonderful time.

The event closed with a tour of the floodplain and downstream area along Cedar Run, where PWWS members added nearly 40 species to the Merrimac Farm Preliminary Plant List! Click here to read more about plants at Merrimac Farm.

Public MeetingComprehesive Plan Update... Continued

Planning Commission Work Session
October 15, 2008 at 6 PM
McCoart Building, Potomac Conference Room

Planning Commission Public Hearing & Vote
December 3 at 7:00 p.m.
McCoart Building, Board Chambers

On October 8 the Planning Commission postponed their decision on the Transportation and Land Use chapters but left the public hearing open. Commissioners requested additional statistics, including a comparison of the estimated demand for additional housing units v. potential development that would be allowed through the 25 proposed “centers.” As the Planning staff produces some of the data requested by the members of the Planning Commission after the citizens finished speaking last night, we may find some interesting numbers.

Citizens, organizations, developers and businesses can comment on the proposal by emailing Commissioners, writing letters to the editor, speaking at Citizen’s Time and at the continued public hearing. Click here to read more... click here to share your views on our blog.