Fairfax County

Fairfax-County_floatThe Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) provides wastewater, stormwater and other environmental services to more than one million residential and commercial customers in Fairfax County.  DPWES employees have developed nationally recognized, award winning programs that protect and restore our natural resources, protect water quality in streams and rivers and educate the public about actions they can take to prevent water pollution.

Green Infrastructure

Excess stormwater runoff and its pollutants are creating poor water quality in streams and rivers in Fairfax County and the Chesapeake Bay.  Employees of the Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division (MSMD) and the Stormwater Planning Division (SWPD) within DPWES protect and restore our local streams and the Bay through a variety of structural and non-structural practices.  Ecologists and engineers of both divisions work together to identify areas of need in the county and design, install, inspect and maintain structural stormwater management facilities.  These facilities include dry and wet ponds, rain gardens, trenches, pervious pavement and wetlands.  Non-structural applications include the development of best management practices for commercial and residential properties to effectively manage their stormwater runoff to minimize environmental impacts.

Green Infrastructure Construction, Inspection and Maintenance Training

The first round of training on GI construction, inspection and maintenance was held in Nov 2016 for the Dec 2016 exam.  Training for green infrastructure construction, inspection, and maintenance will be available again in 2017. When available, information will be provided on this webpage regarding local training eligibility, the training application, the planned training schedule, and more.

Exam Information

The NGICP exam will be administered in Fairfax in 2017 to residents that complete the training referenced above. Details on the location(s) for the exam will be available here as soon as they are confirmed. Please check back for updates.


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October 19, 2016