Aerospace Corporation -
Westfields Parcel 35 Stream Restoration

Fairfax County, Virginia
Owner: Aerospace Corporation

   Looking downstream at the level s    preader - which transforms concentrated streamflow to sheet flow to protect an existing in-line wetland area from potential erosion - 1 year after the stream restoration construction.

Looking downstream at the level spreader - which transforms concentrated streamflow to sheet flow to protect an existing in-line wetland area from potential erosion - 1 year after the stream restoration construction.

As compensatory mitigation for stream impacts for the Aerospace Corporation – Westfields Parcel 35 project, Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI) prepared a plan to restore approximately 800 linear feet of unnamed tributary to Flatlick Branch using certain practicable elements of Natural Channel Design while also providing adequate outfall capacity for the proposed project and taking into account the significant constraints imposed by the complex urban nature of the project watershed.  The restoration design modifies the existing channel dimension, pattern and profile; reinforces the channel bed; and incorporates numerous native plantings to improve the existing riparian corridor. 

    The riparian vegetation is thriving 7 years after construction, as shown in this photo of one of the stream's pools taken the day after a storm.  

The riparian vegetation is thriving 7 years after construction, as shown in this photo of one of the stream's pools taken the day after a storm. 

Prior to preparing the restoration plan, WSSI also conducted numerous environmental studies, including a Waters of the U.S. delineation and survey, existing vegetation mapping, endangered and threatened species surveys, Resource Protection Area mapping, a Water Quality Impact Assessment, and Environmental Quality Corridor mapping.  Interaction with numerous members of the development team, community stakeholders, and County staff, Planning Commissioners, and Board of Supervisors was essential to the success of the project. 


WSSI's work on the Aerospace stream restoration included:

  • Stream Restoration Concept Plan
  • Stream Restoration Preliminary Plan Set
  • Tree List/Survey
  • Stream Restoration Plan Set
  • VDOT Land Use Permits (Entrance Permits)
  • Virginia Stormwater Management Program Permit
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
  • Construction Monitoring Reports
  • Photo Documentation
  • WOUS Delineation Report
  • Jurisdictional Determination
  • Unified Stream Methodology Report
  • Resource Protection Area Plan
  • Environmental Quality Corridor Mapping
  • Water Quality Impact Assessment
  • Archeology Phase I report
  • Endangered and Threatened Species Survey
  • State Programmatic General Permit
  • Virginia Water Protection Permit