From upstate New York to southern Virginia, and West Virginia’s panhandle to eastern Delaware, June 6th-14th is a time for us to celebrate the culture, history and natural beauty of the Bay and its surrounding lands, rivers and streams. This is especially true in Montgomery County, where 100% of our streams flow to the Chesapeake Bay. We all share a piece of this great resource which directly connects 18 million people.
This special week was enacted into legislation by Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania to celebrate, increase awareness of the ecological and economic importance of the Chesapeake Bay to the region and to remind us that our daily actions have a direct impact on the Bay.
As everyone has experienced, 2020 is shaping up to be quite different and very challenging for all of us. With social distancing and limits on certain activities, residents are still urged to take advantage of the hundreds of opportunities to still connect with their local streams and the Bay. While many activities offered will be virtual, we can still easily do our part to improve the environment and the health of the Bay. Every effort, such as picking up after your pet or using a reusable bag, no matter how small, make a big difference when multiplied by 18 million!
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) works all year to protect and improve the County’s air, water and land and 2020 is no different.
Show your support for Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week in Montgomery County by visiting a local stream and posting a video of what clean water and the Bay means to you. We’d love to see pictures, videos, selfies, maybe even a TikTok of how you are connecting with the Bay. Post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #OneChesapeake, #BayAwarenessWeek and don’t forget to tag us using #MyGreenMC. During this crazy time, let’s influence and engage each other in ways we didn’t think were possible. We can all do our part to protect this important and beautiful natural resource.
We’ll be kicking off Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week on June 6th by announcing the winners of the 2020 Clean Water Art contest. DEP will be posting videos, hosting virtual events and holding a native plant giveaway through a daily contest on social media so be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook: MyGreenMontgomery, Twitter: MyGreenMC, and Instagram: MyGreenMC). We will round out the week by highlighting our biologists in action showing residents how they determine the health of our streams.
For more information about the work that DEP does all year long to protect and improve the County’s environment or what you can do or how to get involved go to the DEP website.