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Ballston Beaver Pond Gets Its Own Web Site

by ARLnow.com May 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm 6,201 37 Comments

The beaver pond that sits inconspicuously between the office buildings of Ballston and I-66 now has its own web site.

The Ballston Beaver Pond blog was launched by the county’s Department of Environmental Services last month as a way to inform residents about the pond and its upcoming restoration project. So far, blog posts have gone by titles like:

Blog posts are written by members of the Arlington County staff, project consultants and members of the project’s Stakeholder Committee.

  • FREDTERP

    Where can I locate their twitter. FREDTERP

    • V Dizzle

      Steve Holt!

    • ClizzleDizzle

      @Wetbeaverpond

  • steve

    You left out the “t” in Ballston in the title.

    • Yes, that was an unfortunate typo. Thanks for pointing it out.

      • Justin Russo

        How about “gets” its own web site.

  • ClizzleDizzle

    When I get home I think I’m going to take a dive into the beaver pond as well. That usually gets me steak and whiskey.

  • KalashniKEV

    LOL @ Balls-on-Beaver… check the heading…

    • ClizzleDizzle

      We call that teabag teasing.

      • KalashniKEV

        That’s my kind of TEA party…

    • KalashniKEV

      Well it was funny while it lasted…

  • Novanglus

    It looks like they’ve already edited out “beaver” from the blog name and several article titles.

    Good choice. I was dreading the preponderance of comments along the lines of “Beaver Pond? Isn’t that a lesbian bar near Shirlington?”

  • dynaroo

    I didn’t know beavers could type.

  • CW

    The beavers haven’t been back since 2008 because they realized that you can’t buy anything good at Ballston Common.

  • edobson22207

    yo beaver pond, you’ve come a long way, baby.

  • Frank the Tank

    Nice beaver. Thanks, I had it stuffed.

    • V Dizzle

      Wouldn’t Frank Drebin be more appropriate?

      • Yes and no.

        • Brandon C

          Frank DID use a tank, in pt. 2, so there.

  • Bob

    Someone should get in touch with the National Wildlife Federation, if not done so already, to help make this a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

    http://bit.ly/lVOVpU

    • KalashniKEV

      Yeah, or replace that certified malaria incubator with some certified condos/pizza/beer/burgers…

    • I think Mel is already doing that. He’s making a puppet show presentation on them.

  • Arlwhenever

    Paying people to tweet and Blog — my it is wonderful to see my money going to taxes to pay for the waste, instead of being used to raise my kids.

    • Aileen Winquist

      Thanks for your comment. I work for Arlington County DES. This is a new approach to our public process that we are experimenting with, as a cost effective way to get broader community input (beyond the traditional evening community meetings). The funds used for this stormwater management project, which will help us meet regulatory requirements, come from a dedicated fund for stormwater and water quality improvement projects.

    • dynaroo

      So you think communication isn’t an appropriate role for government? You want to shut down the county website too? I wonder if you’re first to whine when the government didn’t tell you something.

      Blogging and tweeting hardly take up much time for county employees, and they are part of communications with the public.

  • Brandon C

    I always said Ballston was full of beavers.

  • KalashniKEV

    Since Moran likes Navy SEALs so much, maybe he’ll let them train there?

  • Blueskies

    Okay, okay, we get it – “beaver.” Maybe this thread could use some “brusha, brusha, brusha”?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt_38KUk-r4&NR=1

  • JJ

    where is the outrage about tax dollars being spent on this? Apparently a beaver website is more acceptable to to the tax paying citizens of Arlington County than having our “prima donna” firefighters go to New York for a 9/11 ceremony.

    • Aileen Winquist

      Thanks for your comment. I work for Arlington County Environmental Services. This is a new approach to our public process that we are experimenting with, as a cost effective way to get broader community input (beyond the traditional evening community meetings). The funds used for this stormwater management project, which will help us meet regulatory requirements, come from a dedicated fund for stormwater and water quality improvement projects.

  • ces

    This is actually quite funny, but good that they plan to restore this place. I work a block away and often walk around here during lunch on nice days. In the late spring and summer, yes, it looks green like what you see in the picture provided. In the fall and winter, the grass is gone, the mud exposed, it smells, and you can see the 10,000 or so bottles and pieces of trash everywhere. It’s really disgusting. It looks more like a drainage pond than anything else. It’s good they plan to restore it.

  • ian l

    I think this is really a waste of tax-payer money and just shows a lack of commitment to fiscal discipline from the county (see Artisphere).

    I also want to say that almost every time I go there I see rats running around, glad this is what passes as wildlife in Arlington.

    • Aileen Winquist

      Thank you for your comment. I work for Arlington County DES. This is a new approach to our public process that we are experimenting with, as a cost effective way to get broader community input (beyond the traditional evening community meetings). The funds used for this stormwater management project, which will help us meet regulatory requirements, come from a dedicated fund for stormwater and water quality improvement projects.

    • dynaroo

      So you go there alot? Hmmm.

      I’m glad to see you care about wildlife in Arlington; maybe you could pitch in and improve or clean up the pond so it will make a better habitat.

  • Cracker

    Only people living in the city would think they could improve a beaver pond through a redesign.

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