Virginia Senators Address Four Mile Run on Capitol Hill

Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner offer language promoting Alexandria and Arlington's Four Mile Run as a recreational resource.

Virginia’s Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine Wednesday offered an amendment to an environmental bill that will promote efforts to restore Four Mile Run as a recreational resource.

The senators amended the Water Resources Development Act, which passed the Senate Wednesday by a vote of 83-14.

They offered two other amendments to the measure—one dealing with a marine terminal on Craney Island and the other to increase authorized funding for oyster restoration.

“… I am pleased we…were successful in updating an outdated regulation that prevented the Four Mile Run project from moving forward into a recreational and ecological resource for Northern Virginia,” Warner said in a statement.

“This bill will advance a project of critical importance for the Virginia Port Authority, improve oyster restoration and fix one of the barriers to restoring a Northern Virginia trail,” said Kaine. “The bipartisan support for this bill and these projects should encourage us to find common ground on the upcoming challenges we face like passing comprehensive immigration reform.”

In a news release, the senators explain:

The Four Mile Run amendment makes a technical fix to Northern Virginia’s Four Mile Run flood protection project authorization. The Four Mile Run is a hidden asset for the region that, running from Falls Church through Arlington County and into Alexandria, was once a center of recreation and commerce until a flood control project in the 1970s made it less attractive for those purposes. Since 2003, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria have been working with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to restore the Four Mile Run for recreational use.  The amendment updates the flow rate for the project from a standard of 27,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) set in 1974 to a more appropriate level of 18,000 cfs that would provide 100-year flood plain protection while permitting the Four Mile Run restoration project to move forward.

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Michael May 23, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Jiminy (Cricket) The afternoon count shows increased activity! 2 cyclist and 4 walkers, one of whom I observed spitting into the grass (oh the horror!). Activity around the fields though, thought it might be gang related as they were wearing their colors... then I realized they were a soccer team (in uniform); all were standing up, could not smell alcohol or other illegal substances being "enjoyed". Number of " passed out drunken illegals laying around in the fields"? A great big goose-egg again. Time of traversal 6:59PM to 7:04PM.
James Dunning May 24, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Wow. Three whole days of data collection, looking in the wrong place. Congrats! Does your day job involve the global warming hoax where people try and make grand assumptions of 4.5 billion years by using the last 100 years? But so on and about the intoxicated illegals that exist. You must not see them when you cruise Glebe with your pinky finger out the window with Lady Gaga on the radio. They are all up and behind the old paint store. They are all up down in the run itself. They are all up in the fields. They are all up in 24/7 Express and the area around it. If you are so sure about how safe the area is then maybe you should let your boyfriend sun himself in the park sans toppe and see what happens? Get back to us on that one, ace.
Michael May 24, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Sorry to burst your bubble Sparky, but it's been 1 day of data collection... and that was along the exact stretch of Mt Vernon Ave you're referring to. Which takes me right over said run (nope no one in their either... plenty of time to look down there while waiting for the light to change to get through the intersection with Glebe) If you want to go back 3 days that I can add the area a little further south to my observations... that along the back of the apartments and the shopping center. Sorry, still can't confirm seeing said intoxicated illegals seen laid out on the ground and fields. If the area is so unsafe, what are you doing there? Aren't you concerned for your own safety? I'm have no problem being there, get gas at the Exxon from time to time along with the BMW's, Mercedes Benz's, and everyone else, and used to shop at the CVS while it was open, Why not do us all a favor and stop going on the web with your rants... save the Internet bandwidth for more important activities than reading your diatribes... things like watching video's of cats playing with yarn balls are more noteworthy and interesting.
Michael May 26, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Well, three more days of observations to report, Friday noon driving, no sightings; Friday evening on foot (left the coveted mix CD of Boxcar Willie and Yodeling Slim Clark behind) and walked the paved path from Mt Vernon Ave past the back of the Birchmere and on to softball field 3. Only a few walkers/runners/cyclists seen. Ducked into the 24Express for a Diet Coke, no drunks and no dangerous situations. Walked the dogs from Mt Vernon Ave all the way to Frank Mann Fields and back on the paved trail... still no intoxicated illegals to be seen around 12:45 to 1:20PM on Saturday Walked the trail again today (Sunday) 1:15PM... Parking Lot to Frank Mann Field. I did see a Dad practicing soccer with his two young daughters, also a couple runners and cyclists. Spent a lot of time in the area while doing some laundry at the Forest 24 Laundromat. An old gringo like me had no issues... Maybe the plethora of intoxicated illegals you're referring to are out of town at their country homes this long weekend? Or more likely... just... aren't... there...
Jimmy Deaton May 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Someone needs to either take their meds or get a life. There's more trolling on here than on some fishing show on the outdoor channel.


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