Wakefield Park Section
Wakefield Run tributary
May 23, 2013 - Walked upstream along the Wakefield Run tributary in anticipation of the upcoming stream restoration project.
July 7, 2010
This section covers approximately two miles of Accotink creek watershed from the underpass of Little River Turnpike downstream to Braddock Rd. One can expect to encounter a mix of frequently used foot and bike trails, public land, power & gas line cuts, gravel maintenance roads, and private property.
December 2012Exploration of the unnamed tributary which joins Accotink Creek in Americana Park. Walking upstream from the mouth of the tributary, power transmission lines are above, so all tree cover is removed, leaving grass and small shrubs. The banks are deeply incised through soft sediments. These sediments appear to have been deposited here during the original construction of the Beltway. The tributary passes through large box culverts under Americana Drive and the Beltway, with a short gap between the two. Upstream from the Beltway, the tributary flows through private property, the common areas of two condominium associations, Fairfax Heritage and Heritage Woods. Wooded buffer is mostly good along this stretch, although one spot is mowed to the bank. Erosion is severe, with undercut banks and the streambed eroded down to bedrock in places. The bank is reinforced with gabion at one point and occasional patches of rip-rap. Trash is prevalent here, including a number of shopping carts and bicycles. Invasive alien plant species are abundant, including English ivy, wintercreeper, and wineberry. Fish are present in limited numbers up to Heritage Drive.
Above Heritage Drive the tributary flows through a concrete channel. Forest buffer is still fairly good, although much English ivy is present. The area belongs to Wedgewood Manor Apts and several office buildings. The furthest upstream stretch of the tributary above the concrete channel is narrow and deeply incised below where it emerges from a storm drain near Wedgewood Drive.
1 Northwestern Watershed
2 Daniels Run
3 Hunters Branch
4 Bear Branch
5 Long Branch North
6 Main Stem - Pickett Rd downstream to Prosperity Ave
7 Main Stem - Prosperity Ave to Little River Turnpike
8 Crook Branch
9 Coon Branch
10 Turkey Run
11 Long Branch Central
12 Wakefield Park (Main Stem - Little River Turnpike to Braddock Road)
13 Lake Accotink Park (Main Stem - Braddock Road to Old Keene Mill Road )
14 Main Stem - Old Keene Mill Road to Ft. Belvoir Engineering Proving Ground
15 Main Stem - Ft Belvoir Engineering Proving Ground
16 Main Stem - Ft Belvoir Engineering Proving Ground to Telegraph Road
17 Long Branch South
18 Main Stem - Telegraph Road to Potomac River
19 Flag Run
20 Calamo Branch
21 Field Lark Branch
22 Mason Run
23 Kernan Run
24 Hatmark Branch