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Join in the Celebration – Únete a la Celebración

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

Virtual – History Happy Hour: How Trees Can Save the Earth

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

Give the Gift of a Greener Yard!

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

15 in Fifteen Energy and Trees Trivia Game

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

Yard care tips for the fall

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,

Energize with 15 in Fifteen!

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

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

It’s good to be evergreen: Tree tips for winter

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 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

Investing in our community: A look at the first year of watershed grants

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

Properly dispose of your christmas trees and wreaths

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

The 7th annual H2O Summit is Saturday

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

Over $1 million announced to support stream restoration and stormwater management research

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
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

Want to green your HOA? Follow our tips for a smooth process

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
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Montgomery County celebrates planting of more than 1,800 shade trees since 2014

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

My Green Montgomery Episode 8

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,
Icicles on a tree branch

Become more environmentally friendly this holiday season!

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
Glen Waye Sign

Garden-style condo communities have a lot of room for green

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.

The importance of trees!

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

Tree Montgomery planted hundreds of trees in 2015!

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.
Emerald Ash Borer by USDA

Emerald Ash Borer strikes Montgomery Parks trees

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
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DEP launches Tree Montgomery Program

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.

2014 Year in Review: Policy and Compliance

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.

To tree or not to tree?: The green holiday question

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

Champion tree tour featured in the Washington Post

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,

Trees are the Answer!

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
Image of leaves changing color.

Just the facts about…..The Tree Canopy Law

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.