VIKA provided planning & engineering services for M-NCPPC in support of the Greater Cheverly Sector Plan. Specifically, we provided environmental planning and civil engineering services to assess existing tree canopy, stormwater, and flooding conditions. We then built on the analysis and provided strategies to improve existing conditions and determine potential implementation and funding resources.

The Cheverly area of Prince George’s County has significant industrial land directly adjacent to the Anacostia River and the Lower Beaverdam Creek. These areas have high levels of impervious cover and little tree canopy, both of which negatively impact water quality. There is also significant flooding along both waterways and their tributaries impacting highways and properties. VIKA worked with various agencies and the community to develop strategies to alleviate these related issues and mitigate the negative environmental impacts.

Specific priorities for this project included:

• Determined ways to minimize or reduce the amount of impervious surface in the industrial area.
• Considered how to increase the number of street trees and incorporate trees in open spaces and urban park areas.
• Identified ways to improve stormwater management and reduce poor drainage patterns for surrounding streams—the Beaverdam Creek in particular.
• Evaluated methods to preserve, enhance, and restore the natural environment of the Upper Anacostia and Lower Beaverdam Creek watersheds as part of the area’s development.