On June 6 the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of Maryland (UMD) hosted a Montgomery County Stormwater Summit for Homeowners at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. This event, part of larger project funded by a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant and the Montgomery County Water Quality Charge, was attended by more than 70 folks from all across the County.
Staff from the EFC’s Sustainable Maryland program presented information about a variety of rebate and incentive programs offered by Montgomery County. A particular focus was on the RainScapes program, which offers rebates on best management practices such as rain gardens, rain barrels and cisterns, pervious pavers, and conservation landscaping.
Additional information was presented about the Tree Montgomery program (free trees), pet waste management, litter control programs, and organic lawn care.
Local government agencies and regional watershed associations that staffed exhibit tables at this event included the County Department of Environmental Protection, Rock Creek Conservancy, Little Falls Watershed Alliance, and the Muddy Branch Alliance, each of which explained the unique support and technical services that they provide to towns and neighborhoods in the County.
Next steps in this project will include EFC staff working specifically with the Wheaton Hills Civic Association, Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association, and McKenney Hills-Carroll Knolls Civic Association to provide residents with information about the County’s stormwater-related programs, as well as providing these communities with basic watershed assessments that will identify and prioritize issues and potential future projects.
For more information, please contact Mike Hunninghake, Program Manager, Environmental Finance Center-UMD, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-405-7956.