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Loudoun Water/Beaverdam Reservoir

Loudoun County’s need for additional water resources continues to grow, leading the utility, Loudoun Water, to acquire the Beaverdam Reservoir. Beaverdam is first and foremost a source of public drinking water. Loudoun Water has partnered with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) to manage recreational activities and public access until the spring/summer of 2017. At that time it will close to complete needed repairs to the infrastructure. Repairs are expected to take approximately 1.5 to 2 years, after which the property will reopen for public access under the management responsibilities of NOVA Parks.

IEN has assisted Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks in conceptualizing and facilitating the community engagement that will inform the long-term master plan for the reservoir. The reservoir has been used for rowing, hiking, fishing, and passive recreation, and the first open house drew over 100 people who shared their issues and concerns as well as ideas and suggestions for future uses. The engagement process is expected to continue for another year or two.