About Environmental Quality
The LBA Environmental Quality Committee oversees the protection and enhancement of the community’s natural resources. The Committee also supports activities that raise the awareness about environmental issues that affect the community and the Lake. The Environmental Committee Chair serves as liaison to the Lake Barcroft Watershed Improvement District (WID) and works closely with the Watershed Improvement District to protect the water quality of the lake.
Wildlife Policies: The sometimes-conflicting needs and interests of human residents and native residents have resulted in the development of humane, wildlife management plans based on behavioral science to manage geese and beavers on the lake. Information on Wildlife Management Policies, Basic Biology, and Tips for Protecting Your Property from Beavers are available under “Wildlife”.
Lake Friendly Lawn Care Guidelines: All Lake Barcroft properties drain directly into the Lake. In an effort to reduce the use of lawn chemicals and the subsequent chemical and fertilizer carrying runoff into the Lake, the Lake Barcroft WID and the Lake Barcroft Environmental Committee have prepared Lawn Care Guidelines for homeowners and their lawn service providers on lake-friendly lawn practices. Please be sure your lawn care service follows these guidelines. You can find more Lake-friendly lawn tips under “Lawn Care”. Helpful articles on Lake-friendly landscaping can be found under “Eco-Savvy Landscaping”.
Residential Tree Replacement Program: The Residential Tree Replacement Program is co-funded by the LBA and the Lake Barcroft WID and provides free replacement trees and planting services to residents who have recently lost a mature overstory tree. Trees are limited to one per property, per year, and priority is given to those who have lost overstory trees and to first-time requesters. This innovative program won Fairfax County's 2010 'Friend of Trees' award. The simple act of planting a tree is one of the most important steps in preserving the water quality of our Lake and larger watershed. You can find more information on the Tree Replacement Program and how to sign up under “Trees for our Community”.
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and Resource Protection Areas: Fairfax County enacted the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act which contains regulations regarding land management practices that occur in sensitive zones along all waters that drain ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. These sensitive areas along streams and rivers are referred to as Resource Protection Areas (RPAs). Greatly simplified, RPAs include all areas within 100 feet of the Lake, together with areas within 100 feet of perennial streams and wetlands connected with them. Residents with homes or properties located within an RPA should be aware of certain restrictions on development and maintenance activities on their property. All Lakefront properties are included in the RPA. You can find out more about these regulations and how they may affect your property under “Resource-Protection-Areas” and at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/watersheds/cbpo-brochure.pdf
Community Education and Events: The Environmental Committee sponsors an annual Earth Day celebration each April with a variety of educational programs, hands-on workshops, speakers and Eco-barge tours of the lake. Additionally, other programs such as the Watershed Festival, Family Campfire Programs, Stream Clean Ups, Wildlife Management Programs, and Invasive Plant Removal workshops are offered. Look for announcements on the website, in the Newsletter, and on Lakelink.
Speaking Out is a series of articles by Priscilla Stevens with tips, hints and guidelines for a healthy and Lake-friendly lifestyle.