Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week! We like to believe that every day should include awareness on how we affect our communities, rivers, stream and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. However, we realize there are many issues competing for your attention. To help bring the issues to the forefront of everyone’s busy lives, the first full week of
Trees may hold the key to the future of life on Earth. Trees for the Future teaches farmers to use sustainable techniques to improve their land and their livelihoods. Just as Sandy Springers from 100 years ago led the way in new agricultural practices, this Silver Spring-based international organization has facilitated the planting of more
Stuck on what to get your loved ones for holiday gifts? How about gifts to “green up” their yard care? Did you know in the United States more gas is spilled on the ground each year refilling yard equipment than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez? And that using gas powered machines means you are
In celebration of Energy Awareness Month, October 2020, Montgomery Energy Connection will be hosting several 15 in Fifteen Trivia Games in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. What is 15 in Fifteen Trivia? It is fifteen questions in 15 minutes (about energy/other topics) in a fun, fast paced trivia game to get
Fall is one of the best times to improve your lawn, trees, shrubs, and garden. The basic maintenance you do during this “second spring” will pay off in healthier growth and fewer problems next year. Mulch Your Trees Now is the time to add a layer of mulch around your trees. In the winter,
Introducing Montgomery Energy Connection’s ‘Energize with 15 in Fifteen!’ virtual trivia game! In celebration of October Energy Action Month, we are excited to offer the Montgomery County community this electrifying, fast-paced 15-minute trivia game to test your knowledge while learning fun facts! Don’t know much about energy? No problem! Play, learn, and WIN! Ready to
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 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
Many of us worry about our trees in winter – between the cold air, wind and snow, our trees must be in trouble, right? Not really – Trees go into a period of dormancy in the winter to protect fragile tissues. All trees have adaptations that actually allow them to survive quite well in the
The act of giving is one of the best traditions of the holiday season. It builds bonds and shows your loved ones how you care for them. Unfortunately, the way we give can also lead to more waste, and more stuff. Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, the amount of waste
Making the switch to less lawn requires prep work. You can’t let the lawn go wild on its own, because it may not attract pollinators, and it certainly won’t make your neighbors happy! A lawn won’t spontaneously turn into a garden or meadow — it is much more than throwing away your lawn mower. Do
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
In 2016, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, awarded $350,000 in grants to community groups and nonprofit organizations working to improve our local water quality. The goal of the grants program is promote initiatives and projects that improve water quality in Montgomery County’s local streams and waterways
Montgomery County residents are urged to put their cut Christmas tree at the curb for recycling, and give their tree a second life after the holidays. Cut Christmas trees are accepted year-round for residents who receive Montgomery County-provided collection service. To participate, residents need to place their trees curbside by 7 a.m. on their regularly-scheduled
This week, Montgomery County Government became the first county in the nation to join the Subnational Global Climate Leadership (“Under2”) Coalition. The coalition is an international pact of cities, states and countries committed to limiting the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the level of potentially catastrophic consequences to the environment.
You’re invited to the H2O Summit this Saturday in Rockville! This free event is focused on connecting residents, nonprofit organizations and government agencies together to share ideas and programs focused on improving our local waterways. H2O Summit Details Saturday, September 16 from 9:30am to 3pm Free and open to all! The Rockville Senior Center is located
The Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (Montgomery DEP), and with input from the Maryland Department of the Environment, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other agency and technical partners on the Restoration Research Advisory
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
For those of us who live in communities with a Homeowners Association (HOA), we know that it can be a challenge to jumpstart new community projects. From the initial idea to breaking ground on the project, there are many meetings, conversations and negotiations that have to happen with HOA members. This is especially true when trying
On June 5th, County Executive Ike Leggett joined more than 1,000 U.S. governors, county executives, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities in declaring their support for U.S. leadership in reducing carbon emissions. The leaders sent a strong signal to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement about their continued
All ash trees in Montgomery County are at risk of long term damage or death caused by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This beetle was brought to the United States from Asia and has spread across all of Maryland and surrounding states. As adults, EAB do not cause significant damage to trees. However, their larvae threaten
Saturday, May 6th Festival to Feature a ‘Kids Pavilion’, Art and a Stream Maze. The third annual Montgomery County GreenFest is set for Saturday, May 6 at Bohrer Park located at 506 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg. This festival is suited for the whole family with activities ranging from environmental films to workshops on composting,
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett was joined by representatives of the local development community and environmental advocacy groups to celebrate the second anniversary of Tree Montgomery, the County’s shade tree-planting program. The celebration featured a shade tree planting at the residential property of Ms. Maureen Thomas in the Sonoma neighborhood of Bethesda. More than 1,800
In this episode of My Green Montgomery, hosted by Susan Stark, we’re going to see how the Montgomery County green business certification program has expanded, find out where you can use the EV charging stations in public parking garages, how you can join the Recycling Volunteer program, tell you how you can celebrate Earth Day,
Hello! My name is Susan Kornacki, and I’m a new Montgomery County resident who just joined the team at the Department of Environmental Protection! I’m really excited to work at an agency that exists to protect our environment, and I’m looking forward to getting to know Montgomery County! I am motivated by the belief that we
The Maryland Division of the Izaak Walton League of America is proud to announce the availability of scholarships and scholastic awards for students with an interest in conservation and the environment. Six Maryland chapters provide financial support to students in support of the League’s mission to conserve outdoor America for future generations. Three of the
If you asked me what my priorities are for this holiday season, chances are high that my answer would include being productive, staying healthy, and enjoying time with my family and friends. If I’m being completely honest with myself, my answer would not include becoming more environmentally friendly. Until I began researching blog ideas that were relevant
Big sustainability measures need not be the sole domain of high rise buildings. A garden-style condo community in Silver Spring is proof. Vicki Vergagni didn’t know much about trees when it all started. Now she can pick out individual species from her car window. “I’m in love with trees now,” she said with a laugh.
I recently attended a great talk about a tree planting program offered by the county where I live. However, before I share the details with you I’d like to share a bit about the importance of trees. They are all around us but you probably give little thought to how much they have to offer
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has planted hundreds of trees this year through Tree Montgomery. This new initiative aims to reverse the loss of tree canopy due to development, storm damage, and the age of many trees in the County. The program is funded by the Tree Canopy Law.
Invasive bugs kill ash trees within 1 -3 years Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announced today that a non-native invasive beetle from Asia, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been detected in the county and is wreaking havoc on ash trees. The beetle feeds on the trees causing them
Montgomery County congregations, faith based retreat centers and schools are being good stewards of the earth by planting trees through the Trees for Sacred Places program offered by Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC). The program reflects a unique collaboration between a faith-based organization, IPC, and an environmental group, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.
The inaugural tree planting for the County’s newest environmental program, Tree Montgomery, took place today with the help of County Executive Ike Leggett, Councilmember Hans Riemer, County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Director Lisa Feldt, and community and business representatives.
DEP’s smallest division is the Division of Policy and Compliance. Although small in size, it’s mighty in scope and the impact the division has on the community. It is divided into two sections: the Policy section and the Compliance section.
For many, Christmas trees are a big part of being green, literally and figuratively, during the holidays. Real or artificial: What’s the best decision for those trying to get a little more eco-conscious this year? Instinct might dictate that saving a tree’s life is always the most responsible course. But not so when it comes
Twice a year, local botanists and tree experts Joe Howard and Carole Bergmann, host a tour of Champion Trees in the County. This fall, the tour is October 21st. Touring old trees might not sound that exciting at first, but when you stand in the presence of some of the largest trees in the region,
Around our office, it seems like no matter what the question is, the answer can always be tied back to TREES! When you think about it, trees are true workhorses for the environment. They increase property values, provide shade to help lower energy bills, clean and cool our air and water, reduce runoff from impervious
On July 30th, County Executive Isiah Leggett signed the Tree Canopy Bill into law. This law will establish new trees across the County to help ensure a better future for the County’s residents and environment. We’ve collected here a list of the most common questions asked about the Tree Canopy Law.
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