Kids learning by a stream

#AreYouBayAware? Celebrate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week!

Jun 05, 2017

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Councilmember Craig Rice will proclaim the second week in June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week in Montgomery County. The designation is intended to increase awareness of the importance of the Chesapeake Bay in Montgomery County and throughout the metropolitan area.

“I am proud of the innovative work of residents, stakeholders and neighboring municipalities who strive for cleaner, safer waterways,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “The Chesapeake Bay is an important resource of our region, and Montgomery County will continue to do its part to protect and preserve the more than 1,500 miles of County streams that flow into the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and eventually into the events all week long.  Find an event in Montgomery County at mygreenmontgomery.org/calendar or visit www.vcnva.org/chesapeake-bay-awareness-week for events around the region.

Show your support for Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week by using the official hashtag #AreYouBayAware.  We’d love to see pictures and videos of how you celebrate our local ways and the Bay.

On June 3rd, volunteers helped paint a storm drain in Germantown. The art helps teach about the connection between storm drains, our local rivers and the Bay!

Your County at work protecting our waterways

Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania enacted legislation to celebrate this special week to increase awareness of the ecological and economic importance of the Chesapeake Bay to the region. The focused efforts encourage local governments and water utilities to highlight the steps they have taken to reduce pollutants from entering the Bay and the successes they have achieved by improving water quality.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) works all year to protect and improve the County’s air, water and land. Residents are urged to take advantage of the dozens of services and outreach activities offered to help anyone looking to improve the environment. Every effort, whether small actions such as taking a reusable bag when shopping, or a much more time-intensive action such as organizing a large stream clean-up make a difference in the health of the Bay.

“To effectively sustain the Chesapeake Bay so we can all enjoy a swimmable, fishable and livable Bay you need to care, not only for our local waterways but also the Anacostia and Potomac watersheds, said DEP Director Lisa Feldt. “I encourage everyone to do their part to protect this important and beautiful natural resource.”

For more information about Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection’s water quality programming and how you can get involved, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/water

 

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