City Gears Up for Taylor Run Restoration in 2021

Alexandria is planning an upcoming meeting to look over the latest on the Taylor Run Stream Restoration Project.

The city announced revitalization plans earlier this year and recently completed gathering feedback. The renovation is scheduled to begin mid-to-late 2021 and will include trail improvements.

“The purpose of the Taylor Run stream restoration is to reduce and limit the ongoing erosion, widening, and downcutting in the corridor,” the city said on the project website. “This effort will help to prevent pollution (sediment and phosphorous) associated with that erosion from being delivered downstream. Currently, the design process is ongoing with additional community outreach events occurring in fall 2020.”

Critics of the restoration says that it will negatively impact the habitat.

The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services is planning a community outreach meeting on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. to provide an update on the project. Attendees can register online with access codes available online.

The city has committed to replanting around 9,500 native trees and shrubs along the stream.

“This forest has thousands of beautiful trees,” the city said. “About 60 along the stream are already dead and others are in jeopardy of falling since bank erosion will accelerate without our help. We will replant 2,280 trees and 7,200 shrubs (using over 30 native species) to replace these and another 209 trees that will be removed.”

Photo via City of Alexandria

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