Arlington awarded $500,000 for storm water management

Arlington County has been awarded a $500,000 grant for storm water management program improvements. The grant, awarded by the Virginia Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, will fund improvements to Ballston Pond, which filters runoff from more than 300 acres of county land. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

A public meeting to discuss the county’s storm water master plan update will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St.

To learn about the county’s storm water management program, visit

Volunteers needed to count homeless Arlington residents

Arlington County is seeking volunteers for its “Point-in-Time” Count on Wednesday, an annual program in which teams of surveyors visit streets, parks and other areas to document the number of homeless people in the county. Teams work in three shifts throughout the day and into next Thursday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Volunteers must be at least 18.

“This is an important night that complements the efforts of the organizations and individuals working year-round to help these people in need, connect them with resources and get them on the path to stable housing” Susanne Eisner, Director of the Arlington County Department of Human Services, said in a statement.

To volunteer, visit http://volunteer.truist.

FEMA recognizes Alexandria for floodplain services

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has recognized Alexandria for exceeding its goals for floodplain management. The city is the first and only Virginia community to achieve a Class Six rating on FEMA’s community rating system, which will assist eligible residents and businesses for up to a 20 percent discount on flood insurance premiums.

The rating system is a voluntary program that encourages communities to meet minimum FEMA requirements for setting regulations, emergency preparedness, flood response and damage reduction. For information, contact Kathleen Leonard, communications officer, Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, at kathleen.leonard@
or 703.746.4027.

Public forums will cover Arlington school budget

The second and third of three public forums at which residents can discuss Arlington County public schools’ fiscal 2015 budget are scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wakefield High School, 4901 S. Chesterfield Rd. (Spanish interpretation provided) and Feb. 3 at the Education Center, 1426 N. Quincy St. A snow date has been scheduled for Feb. 5 at the Education Center.

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