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Monday, August 17, 2020

Lake Thoreau residents petition RA to clean-up and sustain their lake after huge algae bloom. Pease sign the petition.

Support Lake Thoreau Clean-up & Long-term Health

33 people have signed this petition. Add your name now! 

Lake Thoreau Community 14 Comments

Since 1970, Lake Thoreau has been a vibrant and important watershed for the Reston community. It brings functional value as a storm-water management tool, enriches the environment, provides a habitat for wildlife, a recreational space for residents and a public arts venue, among many other valuable forms of enriching the community.

Since 2015, the lake has had various issues beginning with shallow coves in need of dredging to maintain the lakes storm-water management function, and even since that was addressed in 2018, the lake has experienced various blooms of algae issues and infestations of hydrilla.

The community has been patient allowing the Reston Association time to fix the issues and create a long term plan, but the community, after many attempts to become educated and informed, offering assistance and support and trying to engage in a two-way dialog with Reston Association staff, can no longer wait while we see our wildlife die, the lake develop into a dangerous place for the citizens and as we become increasingly concerned about it's long term health and mismanagement.

Join others in the community on our quest to return Lake Thoreau to a vibrant, thriving, functional and recreational community facility.

Ask the RA Board to immediately:

  • Appropriate funds to clean up the dying hydrilla from the lake this week
  • Setup a community meeting before the end of the month to address our additional concerns
  • Establish a public and transparent Working Group for Lake Thoreau
  • Take responsibility and hold people accountable for the mismanagement of this important community resource.
All RA members may help in this community initiative by signing the petition.  And please feel free to add your comments to others' on the petition.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Reston continues to outperform the county and state in its management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Snapshot.  A look at COVID-19 data in Reston as of July 29, 2020, shows that our community is faring better than Fairfax County as a whole in its handling of the pandemic.  Reston has fewer cases per 100,000 people, lower positivity in testing, and a higher share of the population tested than the county as whole as of that date.  Within Reston, central Reston (Baron Cameron to the Dulles Toll Road) is the relative “hot spot” with 1,346 cases/100,000 persons, yet its case growth and positivity rates have been relatively good.

In fact, Fairfax County is lagging well behind the state in managing COVID-19; in particular, tests positivity results are about 50% higher for the county than for Reston, Virginia, or the United States and the county’s number of cases per 100,000 persons is about 27% higher than both the state and Reston.   The one spot of good news at the county level is that the recent rate of increase in the number of cases, like Reston’s, is about have the growth rate of the state and the US.

Here’s is the data we have compiled as of that date:

Trends.  What this snapshot does not capture is trend in these COVID-19 variables over time.  In the two-month period that we have been tracking COVID-19, all data have improved for all variables we have measured. 

·       PCR Tests Administered:  Reston had only a testing rate of 3.4% in late May while Virginia’s testing rate was at 3.2% and the US rate was at 4.8%.  No data was available on Fairfax.  Clearly, Virginia and its sub-units were lagging in testing even at a time the country as a whole was weak in testing.  Now, even lagging Fairfax County has achieved 10.7% testing rate.

·       Testing Positivity.  In late May, Reston’s positivity rate stood at 21%, well above the state rate (15%) and the national rate (11%).  Now, except for Fairfax County, those rates have dropped to 8%.  The target goal to control COVID-19 is about 5%. 

·       Daily Percent Increase in COVID-19 cases.  The downward trend in new cases daily has maybe been most remarkable.  In late May, Reston’s percent daily increase was 1.8%.  Fairfax County’s rate of increase was 1.6%, Virginia’s was 2.0%, and the nation’s was 0.8%.   Reston and Fairfax County have cut their rate of increase by about half over the last month as shown in the graphic above, Virginia has seen some increase, and the nation’s rate of increase has doubled—largely due to the re-opening of the economy. 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

League of Women Voters warns of fraudulent absentee ballots being sent to Virginians, including in Fairfax County.

From: League of Women Voters of Virginia <>
Date: August 5, 2020 at 7:39:47 PM EDT

Subject: Important information for erroneous mailed ballot application
Reply-To: League of Women Voters of Virginia <>







We have received reports from members who received an absentee ballot application that was pre-filled out. Unfortunately, in many areas, the enclosed envelopes have the wrong voter registrar's office return address. Fairfax City people received envelopes addressed to the Fairfax County registrar.  The same error was made with Roanoke City and Roanoke County voters. There may be problems in other parts of the state as well. A group called the Center for Voter Information (also known as the Center for Voter Participation) mailed vote by mail applications to residents of Virginia.

This is also causing concerns because some people already requested their ballot and are now wondering why they got this.

Needless to say, this is something registrars should not have to be dealing with at this time.

Please use all of your social media and traditional outlets to reach the public to alert people. If they receive this ballot application in the mail, they need to double-check the return address on the envelope for their completed application--or better yet, use it as an opportunity to go on the official Virginia Board of Elections portal to request a ballot.

Voters should be reminded:

  • that absentee ballots will be mailed starting September 18
  • the deadline to register to vote is October 13
  • the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is October 23
  • Election day is November 3. 
For more information contact – Janet Boyd