Tag Archive: Stormwater

Watershed Restoration Division – 2019 Highlights!

The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County’s air, water and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy and healthy communities. The Watershed Restoration Division is dedicated to improving stream health and water

NOW OPEN: Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program

Fourth Year of the Grant Program The Montgomery County Government, through its Department of Environmental Protection, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce the fourth year of the Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach grant program to support watershed restoration and stewardship in Montgomery County. The goal of this program is to reduce stormwater runoff and

Rainwater Harvesting & Reducing Stormwater Runoff

Environmental Stewardship & Going Green Workshop Series How can we act as environmental stewards to take care of God’s creation? What does the Bible say about our duties as environmental stewards of God’s creation? What is rainwater harvesting and how can it fulfill our duties as environmental stewards? How does limiting stormwater that flows out

DEP Completes $19M Bay Restoration Grant

We’ve all driven over the American Legion Bridge and seen the muddy Potomac River after a rain storm.  Ever wonder what it would take to reduce over 600,000 pounds of sediment pollution from flowing into the Chesapeake Bay each year (that’s about 22 dump truck’s full of dirt)?  Probably not, huh?  Well, Montgomery County Department
Lewy family at the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Volunteer Champions: The Lewy Family

    The Lewy Family was recognized as Volunteer Family of the Year during DEP’s 20th Annual Recycling Achievement Ceremony. Find out more about The Lewy Family in our series, Volunteer Champions.   Super Family, Super Volunteers   Vivian and her son, Issac, a rising high school freshman and her twin daughters Adrienna and Brienna,

What flows down the street, goes to the creek!

…And we have proof! Bill Wydro, a board members of the Regency Estates Citizens Association conducts periodic litter patrols of his neighborhood. One area routinely checked is Snakeden Creek, next to the entrance of the Regency Estates community swimming pool. There are 2 approximately 7’ diameter culverts that go under Gainsbourgh Road and open into

Working together to protect our streams

In 2009, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) embarked on a multifaceted effort to reverse decades of neglect and improve water quality and habitat conditions in a small tributary to Sligo Creek called the Breewood tributary. Breewood Watershed Located east of Wheaton at the intersection of University Boulevard and Arcola Avenue, the Breewood watershed

Stormwater Summit for Montgomery County Homeowners

Learn more about how Montgomery County residents can play a vital role in improving water quality in local streams and rivers, and also help beautify their properties while saving money! Attendees will hear about the County’s RainScapes stormwater management incentive program, where homeowners can receive rebates for rain barrels, pervious pavement, rain gardens, and other

Yellow Lance Mussel in Montgomery County!

In 2015, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Biological Monitoring team found a yellow lance mussel (Elliptio lanceolate) while conducting a fish survey on the Hawlings River. The yellow lance mussel is a freshwater mussel that is sensitive to water quality and can be found in clean, moderate flowing streams. Their population have declined

Celebrating the Army’s 49th commemoration of Earth Day in Adelphi

The United States Army Garrison Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC) is an active 207-acre U.S. Army research and development facility located in Adelphi, Maryland and is part of both Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. The campus includes 40 buildings totaling 1.1 million square feet of space including research/laboratory facilities, utility plants, maintenance yards, fabrication shops,

Register for a spring RainScapes training course!

The RainScapes program offers low-cost trainings to residents of Montgomery County, MD who are interested in using their property to improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife.  RainScapes, include rain barrels, rain gardens and conservation landscaping. These are extremely popular, so don’t miss out! Make and Take Rain Barrel Workshop Workshop Dates and Times: Thursday,

The Montgomery County green infrastructure stormwater tour was a big success!

Chesapeake Awareness Week was the first week in June and the celebration kicked off with a Stormwater Tour! On May 31st, two busloads of landscape architects, designers, engineers, and environmental professionals took a three hour tour of green infrastructure sites, soils, and plants. The sites are managed by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP),

A window into the restoration of a stream and pond system: the Bedfordshire Project

Did you know that the Department of Environmental Protection restores streams and creeks throughout Montgomery County? The Restoration Team at DEP has been working on a project to restore a stream and retrofit a stormwater pond in the Bedfordshire neighborhood, to help reverse the effects of decades of largely uncontrolled runoff in the Kilgour Branch Stream Valley
Image of workshop attendees assembling a rain barrel.

Register for a spring RainScapes training course!

The RainScapes program offers low-cost trainings to residents of Montgomery County, MD who are interested in using their property to improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife.  RainScapes, include rain barrels, rain gardens and conservation landscaping. These are extremely popular, so don’t miss out! Make and Take Rain Barrel Workshop Workshop Dates and Times: Wednesday,
Chrismai Storm Drain Art Winner

Show your creativity! Enter the 2018 Storm Drain Art Contest

Are you artistic? Do you want to help educate about issues affecting our local streams in Montgomery County? County residents are invited to submit entries into the 2018 Storm Drain Art Contest. The contest seeks to use art to educate the public about the connection between our storm drains, streams and the Bay. The six
MCPS Bioretention Garden with students

MCPS students learn about bioretention gardens

Doug Marshall, a Watershed Planner with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, recently met with the members of the Green Team Club of Newport Mill Middle School to talk about their local waters and pollution.    Cynthia Nystrom, a teacher at Newport Mill, reached out to DEP and asked if a staff member could

DEP and MCPS team up to protect our waterways

On October 17th, fifth grade students from Strathmore Elementary School cut the ribbon to mark the officially completion of four Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) rain gardens. County Executive Isiah Leggett, MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith, DEP Director Lisa Feldt, Strathmore Elementary School Principal Tivinia G. Nelson and Principal Intern Carrie Zimmerman joined the
First night of the Green Infrastructure Training Program

Montgomery County hosts workforce development training for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, WorkSource Montgomery and Montgomery College have partnered to sponsor a free training series to prepare workers in the growing green infrastructure industry. The 40-hour course, which filled quickly, began Monday and runs for three weeks. The training covers topics needed to prepare for the nationally accredited green infrastructure

Teens: Get Involved and Help the Environment!

This post is a guest blog by Selene Ashewood, who has been volunteering with DEP since 2015.  “How can I make a difference? What SSL events are approved by my school?” If you’ve ever asked yourself either of these questions, the answer is clear: you should volunteer with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Image of two volunteers carrying bags of trash during the White Oak Earth Day Cleanup

Nominate to the Community Leader + Stream Volunteer Awards

Montgomery County takes pride in the selfless residents, businesses, civil servants, and students who donate thousands of hours to numerous community service opportunities. Our residents make up a vast community of dedicated volunteers who make a true difference in the livability of Montgomery County. The Community Leader/Stream Volunteer award highlights an individual who is committed
DEP staff inspecting a Green Street in Breewood

Beautifying Breewood: designing to create colorful gardens and improve water quality

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is focused on improving the infrastructure and landscape of communities in order to minimize the damaging effects of stormwater runoff. While stormwater management projects are popping up in neighborhoods such as Montgomery Village and North Potomac, one of our first neighborhood-focused restoration projects was in the Breewood
Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week Storm Drain Art

Creative thinking: using art to educate about storm drains and the Bay

Happy Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week! This week, DEP is focused on educating residents about the Chesapeake Bay and how we can all help protect this vital resource.  Kicking off the week, DEP staff– including Director Lisa Feldt– headed out to Germantown Public Library on Saturday for a storm drain art project. Volunteers from the local community

#AreYouBayAware? Celebrate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week!

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,

Storm Drain Art Contest: Cast Your Vote!

The submission period for the 2018 Storm Drain Art Contest has ended and we received 68 entries! Thank you to all the artists who entered. A panel of judges chose the winners of each of the 5 categories (they’ll be announced soon!), but now we need your help to choose the final winner! The People’s Choice Award winner is
Adat Shalom Conservation Landscaping

Time’s running out! Sign up for the fall RainScapes class

Don’t miss out on the rain garden and conservation landscaping training hosted by the County’s RainScapes program.  This class, held only once or twice a year, is an opportunity to learn how to use landscaping techniques and native plants to absorb and reduce stormwater.  Build a beautiful landscape for your property that also helps protect the environment!

Permeable pavers curb pollution (and look great too!)

Water run-off can take several forms. In more rural areas, rain and snow land on farms and carry fertilizer and other pollutants with them to local sewers and, ultimately, water ways. In more urban areas—which make up about 97 percent of Montgomery County, according to 2010 Census figures—the main source of run-off pollution is pavement. We’re
Photo of a rain garden along a street in Forest Estates.

Did you know? Green Streets are benefiting our streams

The Did You Know? segment of Montgomery County Cable examines various departments, services, programs, and partners of the County government.  This episode features the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Street program.  
Green Streets

Green streets drive runoff in the right direction

Its name may evoke something out of a children’s story, but green streets are entirely concrete. The green street is one of the innovative ways that the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is working to minimize rain and snow runoff—and the pollution it can pick up in places like roads and parking lots—and

Tips for keeping deer out of your rain garden

Any time of year is a potential problem time in Montgomery County, at least when you’re a gardener worried about deer. The risk also exists for rain gardens and conservation landscapes, as with all gardens, as many plants used in both are appealing foodstuffs for native animals like deer.

It’s autumn, take a hike….on the Caching the Rain Geotrail!

Fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature – the changing leaves, the crisp air, fall festivals, hiking along a trail, you name it, its just a great time of year. Engaging the family in fun Fall activities is fairly easy, but have you ever tried geocaching? If not, Montgomery County has
Photo of a rain garden along a street in Forest Estates.

Montgomery County wins nationwide stormwater management award

Montgomery County was one of six recipients of the new national municipal stormwater and green infrastructure awards at the 88th Annual Water Environment Federation (WEF) Technical Exhibition and Conference held September 28 in Chicago. Montgomery County won the Phase I program management category for its multifaceted and effective Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) program and

Stormwater 101: Pond Dam Safety

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for the inspection of all stormwater maintenance facilities in the County to ensure they are properly maintained and repaired as necessary. This includes stormwater ponds/lakes and their associated dams.  Maintaining the ponds and dams in safe condition is the responsibility of every dam owner. Follow

Celebrating the restoration of Donnybrook Stream

Stream restoration is a set of techniques or methods the County uses to protect properties and public infrastructure by reducing stream bank erosion, minimizing the down-cutting of stream beds, and restoring aquatic ecosystems (natural stream systems). Restoration techniques typically use natural materials such as rocks, logs, and native plants to help slow down stormwater flow
Chrismai Storm Drain Art Winner

Storm drain art contest winners: Think further down the drain

To continue to educate the community of how our actions affect our local waters, on Tuesday, April 21 (the day before  Earth Day!) the Department of Environmental Protection along with volunteers from White Oak ShopRite Supermarket painted a storm drain with art from the inaugural art contest at the White Oak Community Center in Silver

Announcing the winners of the storm drain art contest

We asked for art and we received it!  In January, the Department of Environmental Protection and Rock Creek Conservancy sought artwork for a storm drain art contest. We received 18 entries from County residents with great art and messages that inspire others to protect our waters.
Image of workshop attendees assembling a rain barrel.

Sign up for a RainScape Training

The RainScapes program offers low-cost trainings to residents of Montgomery County, MD who are interested in using their property to improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife.  RainScapes, include rain barrels, rain gardens and conservation landscaping. The Spring 2015 Training Calendar is almost over!  Only two classes remain, so sign up fast if you don’t

Stormwater 101: Underground Inspection

DEP’s Stormwater Facility Maintenance Program is responsible for inspecting and ensuring maintenance of all public and private stormwater management facilities within Montgomery County.  DEP Planning Specialist Audra Lew guest blogs about the important role the inspectors play in the County:

2014 Year in Review: Watershed Management

The Department of Environmental Protection is mandated with protecting the local waters of the County, from tiny neighborhood creeks to the Potomac River. Our local waterways are vitally important to the environment and economy of Montgomery County as well as our public health.

Grant opportunity for watershed restoration and outreach

A new grant program is being offered by the Montgomery County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust to support watershed restoration and outreach throughout Montgomery County. The goal of this program is to reduce stormwater runoff and pollutants through community-based restoration implementation as well as projects focused on public engagement through education, outreach, and stewardship.

Rain gardens beautify local church

Last year, the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley received a $10,000 RainScapes rebate to design and construct a series of four rain gardens in a swale at the rear of the church.  Guest blogger Bill Renner, Chair of Property Operations at the Church, discusses the process and how the congregation has responded!

Rain garden art at the Kensington Library

As part of Community Service Week, DEP staff, representatives from Rock Creek Conservancy and volunteers came together to paint four inlet drainage areas surrounding a rain garden in the Rock Creek watershed. The rain garden and the drain art, located at the Kensington Park Library in Kensington, MD, are visible to library visitors.
Storm drain art

Celebrate Community Service Week!

In honor of Community Service Week, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection will be sponsoring several activities from Saturday, October 18 to Sunday, October 26, 2014.
Image of a green roof.

Apply for up to 80% in credit towards your Water Quality Protection Charge

Do you have a stormwater management practice on your property?  A dry well, rain garden, green roof or another design practice that helps reduce stormwater pollution in the County? If you have a qualified storm water practice on your property, you are eligible for a credit towards your Water Quality Protection Charge (WQPC)! Both residential and