Water Stories

Rain Garden

Raining Rebates! RainScapes has dramatically increased its rebate amounts

The RainScapes program is now awarding increased Rewards Rebates for residential, commercial and institutional property owners who implement efforts to help control stormwater runoff. For all pending and future RainScapes projects, the maximum per property Rewards Rebate has been increased to: $7,500 per residential property; and $20,000 for properties owned by commercial entities, institutions, homeowner
Olney Elementary School Rain Garden Dedication

Rain gardens dedicated at Olney Elementary School

The Department of Environmental Protection collaborated with Montgomery County Public Schools to install three gardens at Olney Elementary School. The new gardens were dedicated during a ceremony on Thursday, November 1st with students from the school and local dignitaries. The partnership with MCPS started in 2012 where the two agencies identified locations on school properties

Lands Green, Waters Clean: Butterfly and Bay Friendly Garden Tour

This free self-guided tour is open to anyone interested in seeing what butterfly and Bay-friendly gardening looks like. The tour features the Woodland Hills Home Owners Association, The City of Gaithersburg Constitution Park, a private home, Epworth Church, and Pleasant View Historic Site. Each of these sites adds something unique to the tour and each

Blue Spotlight On: The Muddy Branch Watershed

DEP’s Blue Spotlight On series is a new feature for residents to learn about the County’s local watersheds.This is the second blog in the Blue Spotlight On series (check out our spotlight on the Anacostia River).  Today’s highlighted watershed: Muddy Branch!   About Muddy Branch The Muddy Branch watershed is one of the smaller watersheds

Montgomery County receives a $1,000,000 grant for watershed restoration projects

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently awarded the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection a $1,000,000 Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund grant for two restoration projects in the Anacostia watershed. The funding will help DEP complete two important water quality improvement projects in the watershed: the Greencastle Lakes Stormwater Pond Retrofit

The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program is now OPEN!

The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant program, offered by the Montgomery County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, is now accepting proposals to support watershed restoration and outreach throughout Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program encourages small-scale on-the-ground restoration practices like rain gardens and permeable pavement to reduce

Montgomery County stormwater summit for homeowners

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

Know Your Blooms: Swamp Milkweed

Have you noticed the blooms of swamp milkweed? Starting in June, swamp milkweeds flowers start opening in sunny habitats in the County, such as wet meadows and swales. This includes roadside rain gardens and bioswales where the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have planted the species. Swamp milkweed’s flowering hits full force in July, and