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Planting along the Big Rocky Run Stream are (from left) Jim Dewing, resource manager, E.C. Lawrence Park; Dwayne Bowman, DPWES, Stormwater; and Rachel Griesmer-Zakhar, urban forestry division of DPWES, Stormwater.

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Getting Dirty for a Good Cause

Staff and volunteers plant native grasses along Big Rocky Run.

Wearing sturdy boots and wielding shovels and wheelbarrows, some two dozen people recently left their comfortable offices to dig in the soil at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. When they were done, a variety of native grasses had been planted to beautify the Big Rocky Run stream valley and help stabilize the banks there. Participating were staff members and volunteers from Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES), Stormwater; Park Authority; and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD).

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