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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,

Environmental Protection Open House this Sunday!

Board Members and Property Managers of Homeowners and Condo Associations, Co-ops and Multifamily Housing are Invited   The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) and the Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) will present the first Environmental Protection Open House on Sunday, February 25
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Registration is now open for GreenFest exhibitors and vendors

The 4th Annual Greenfest, Montgomery County’s largest environmental festival, will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jesup Blair Local Park in Silver Spring. Online registration is open now for exhibitors and vendors interested in becoming one of the 100 groups on display during the festival. Greenfest is designed

Anacostia Watershed Society President is honored as a Washingtonian of the Year

Jim Foster, President of the Anacostia Watershed Society, was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as a 2017 Washingtonian of the Year. Each year, the Magazine highlights people who are making our region better, and Jim joins an impressive list of movers and shakers who do amazing work that benefit our environment and communities. Read the Washingtonian Article
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

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
Llama at a Montgomery County Farm

My Green Montgomery’s top 5 stories of 2017

We dove into the performance data of the My Green Montgomery website and found our top 5 most read stories of 2017. What was your favorite MGM story of 2017?  Tweet us at @mygreenmc.   5. Montgomery County Declares “We’re Still In” on Paris Agreement On June 5th, County Executive Ike Leggett joined more than
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Sign up for the 2018 FrogWatch workshop

Did you know that 14 types of frogs and toads call Montgomery County home? Our local frogs and toads are helpful indicators of the health of our waters (along with just being cute!). They have porous eggs and can breathe through their skin, which makes them susceptible to environmental change. That’s why they are used
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
Image of a family volunteering together.

Make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day ON, not a day off!

MLK Day is a federal and school holiday, but more importantly, it has become an annual Day of Service celebrated across the country. Honor the memory and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering to improve our community! On January 15, 2018, volunteer at a Day of Service event near you. Not sure where to

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

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
PARK(ing) Day

Visit DEP at PARK(ing) Day on September 15th

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proud to be part of PARK(ing) Day, which will be held this year on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Bethesda and Silver Spring.   Celebrate International PARK(ing) Day and Rethink Your Transportation Choices! PARK(ing) Day is an worldwide, annual event that gives residents, businesses and organizations
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

Grant opportunity: Funding for community watershed restoration and outreach projects

The Montgomery County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a grant program to support watershed restoration and outreach projects throughout Montgomery County. The goal of this program is promote initiatives and projects that improve water quality in Montgomery County’s local streams and waterways through public engagement, education, and on-the-ground restoration. What this funds: The

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

Plant roots meet historic roots at Pleasant View Historic Site

Each day loads of commuters hustle back and forth along Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg. They walk to and fro on the sidewalks, heading for shopping centers and nearby Quince Orchard High School. The focus always appears to be on the destination, so much so that travelers may never realize they’re shuttling past one of the

70 cyclists ride length of Sligo Creek for clean water

More than 70 cyclists rode the length of Sligo Creek for the Friends of Sligo Creek‘s second Bike Ride for Clean Water on June 6. This year had double the number of participants from the first event in 2016. Once the group arrived at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, many of the riders heard talks on “Everyday
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
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,

Thank you for coming out to GreenFest 2017!

More than 800 people braved the chilly weather and scattered rain showers to attend the third annual Montgomery County GreenFest on May 6th at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.  They danced, played games, met environmental leaders, watched green films and more. It was a great day, but don’t take our word for it… check out our

Teaming up to take back drugs – and protect water quality!

This spring, DEP is partnering with the Montgomery County Police to host a safe and free event that will allow residents to anonymously dispose of their unwanted, unused, or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs. At this year’s GreenFest event, the Police will host a table where residents can safely drop off any pharmaceuticals.   Why

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,

Looking for critters: How DEP monitors our streams in spring

The approach of spring brings a new sampling season for biological monitoring along with it. Between March 1st and April 30th, DEP will visit more than 100 stations to collect samples. This year, the baseline watershed that we focus our sampling around will be Rock Creek.  DEP biologists will also continue to monitor Special Protection Areas.
Image of Karen from Rock Creek Conservancy and her dog Milo with the poop loop sign.

Does your HOA have a pet poop problem?

Your HOA may be eligible to participate in the County Pet Waste Management Program! The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is partnering with HOAs to reduce pet waste bacteria levels in our local rivers and streams. We’ll work with the HOA to educate residents as well as install pet waste stations in common

Making bad soil better: Decompacting and composting

Montgomery County residents are fortunate to have a fair amount of natural resources right in their own backyard. Great soil, however, is not always one of them. Heavy clay content in the region’s soil can make it difficult for plants to thrive. This is particularly true when the soil compacts, squeezing out vital spaces where seeds take
Greenbriar Local Park playground

You’re Invited! Greenbriar Local Park soon to open in Potomac

Join us for the grand opening of Greenbriar Local Park on Saturday, November 5th from 11 am – 1 pm! Greenbriar Local Park, located at 12525 Glen Road in Potomac, MD, is a new 25-acre park that will provide visitors plenty of green space as well as different recreational opportunities and play equipment. The park’s
Anacostia River Accords

County Executive joins in signing of the Anacostia River Accord

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III today to sign the Anacostia River Accord. The signing of the Accord signifies a renewed multi-jurisdictional commitment to work collaboratively toward removing trash and preserving the Anacostia River, its tributaries and watershed. The signing
Anacostia River

Join us at the first Festival del Rio Anacostia!

Grab the kids and head to the water to celebrate the Anacostia River!  This free bilingual, family-friendly event features boat rides, fishing (license required for anyone 16 years and older), rowing demonstrations, nature walks, and many more activities. Bring the entire family to enjoy nature and the Anacostia River. Saturday, October 15th, 2016 11:00 a.m.-
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!
Image of a garden that utilizes green landscaping techniques.

Rethink your yard

Have you thought about your yard lately? I mean REALLY thought about it? Are you getting all the environmental, social and aesthetic benefits that you could from the place you call home? Ideas about how to change the American Lawn are frequently discussed in the context of “messy or neat” but it’s worth digging deeper
Aster October Skies

Fall is a great time for gardening, especially with natives

Learn a few new plant names, rethink the idea that “Spring is planting time” and you’ll have a fall to remember in your garden project. Contrary to conventional wisdom, autumn is not merely the time to batten down the hatches in your yard or garden. The planting season lasts until the first freeze, and fall’s cooler temperatures
Landscape Professionals

RainScapes Professionals: Finding one (or becoming one) in Montgomery County

Designing and building a rain garden or conservation landscaping requires extra expertise than your average garden. It’s possible to do on your own, especially if you have landscaping experience, but it requires more than an understanding of plants. You need to consider the soil, water flow and how a RainScape functions differently from typical gardens.  A

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
Chesapeake Bay Photo by the U.S. EPA

Councilmember Craig Rice celebrates the Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week was earlier this month, but to County Councilmember Craig Rice, we should be celebrating the Bay and our local waters all year long.  Recently, the Councilmember took a trip to Black Hills Regional Park with his daughter. They went fishing and boating.     At the park you can visit Little Seneca Creek, which connects
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.