Help Protect Our Streams
Montgomery County is vibrant and diverse with a variety of activities for all. With over 1,500 miles of streams in the County, recreational opportunities are abundant. All of us play a role in ensuring that our communities and streams continue to thrive.
Can you imagine what would happen if each and every one of the more than 1 million County residents pledged to do one thing to help our local streams? You don't necessarily need to spend extra money or time--the key is planning ahead and determining how to change your habits to make a difference.
Small actions such as planting native plants in our gardens or volunteering with a local watershed group can have positive and long-lasting impacts on our streams and watersheds! Take advantage of the host of opportunities listed on the links to the right.
Stream Stewards Volunteer Program
As a Stream Steward you will help educate County residents on the importance of their habits to the health of local rivers and streams.
Stream Stewards are active year round throughout the County. They provide assistance to several DEP programs including the RainScapes, Green Streets and the Stormwater Facility Maintenance Program. Stream Stewards serve as a voice for DEP so that County residents can feel empowered and educated on environmental issues.
Participation in an orientation session is required in order to become a Stream Steward volunteer.
Benefits of Joining the Stream Stewards Program:
♦ Training with DEP outreach staff on environmental topics
♦ Service learning hours for students
♦ Flexible hours and events, including weekends and evenings
♦ A variety of projects, including tabling for events, hands-on service projects and office work
The following volunteer opportunities are available with the Stream Stewards Program:
For additional information about volunteer opportunities with the Stream Stewards Volunteer Program, please fill out the form below. If you cannot read the form, or need to speak to someone directly, call the Montgomery County Customer Service Center at 3-1-1 or send an email to Stream.Stewards@montgomerycountymd.gov.
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Montgomery County Watershed Groups
Local watershed groups are a great resource for volunteers. Montgomery County Watershed groups were created by everyday citizens. Each watershed groups’ mission is to protect a local watershed located right here in Montgomery County.
Local watershed groups work in specific areas of the County to clean and maintain local rivers and streams. They educate communities on the importance of protecting local waters. In addition, they encourage everyone to adopt good practices to protect water quality.
Your involvement in any of these groups can range from a few hours to joining their board of directors; it is all up to you. Groups are always looking for volunteers to help with things such as stream clean-ups, invasive plant removal, storm drain marking, and many other activities. By becoming involved with a local watershed group you will learn more about your local waters.
Not sure which watershed you are located in, no problem, type in your address in our interactive watershed map and find out! Once you find your local watershed, explore your watershed group’s website to see how you can help. If a group doesn’t exist in your local watershed, create one!
Below you will find an alphabetical listing of watershed groups working to protect our streams:
Opportunities with Local Government
Government programs also exist that help protect our local waters. You can participate in these programs by organizing a group of family and friends or by organizing an activity via one of the local groups in your area.
Montgomery County's Adopt A Road (AAR) program encourages residents and businesses in the County to participate in a community activity by keeping our roadsides litter free.
Currently there are more than 1,000 volunteers who have adopted over 350 road segments, cleaning over 600 miles of road in an effort to Keep Montgomery County Beautiful.
Storm drain markers help educate the public about our storm drain system. In Montgomery County the storm drains go directly into our rivers. Stormwater carries pollutants such as litter, pet waste, fertilizers, leaking autofluids, or anything that ends on the ground directly into our waterways through storm drains.
The storm drain markers are installed quickly and easily using permanent adhesive. Help change behavior by organizing a storm drain marking project. Get support from the County’s Storm drain Marking Program to remind people that street litter flows directly into local waterways and organize your own storm drain marking event. Materials are provided via the Storm Drain Marking program.
M-NCPPC Volunteer Center (Montgomery Parks Volunteer Center)
The M-NCPPC volunteer center serves as a resource for volunteers interested in volunteering for Parks. The site allows you to explore volunteer opportunities, create and manage your own volunteer record, and apply for volunteer jobs via Parks.
Opportunities with Organizations in Montgomery County
In addition to watershed groups, there are numerous groups working to promote a healthy and vibrant environment right here in the County. Although their main mission may not specifically state that they protect our local streams, their work is very important in protecting our local streams.
Below you will find an alphabetical listing of some of these organizations:
In addition, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center provides a searchable database of volunteer opportunities available throughout Montgomery County. To find opportunities related to water protection, you can utilize key words that relate to your interest such as: environment, water, rivers, and streams.
The annual H2O Summit is a family friendly event that provides a way to introduce and connect residents to their local watershed associations, volunteerism, green exhibitors and watershed improvement activities occurring in their communities.
A major goal of the H2O Summit is to raise awareness about stream health and the effects of stormwater pollution on our ecosystem. Most importantly, it encourages residents to get involved!
Clean water is the theme and focus of the event, and we want you to understand how you and your family are the cornerstones for healthy streams and watersheds.
H2O Summit is March 22, 2014 from 9:30am - 4pm
The Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910
What Happens at the H2O Summit?
The Summit involves 2 main components:
Past educational topics have included learning about the Watershed Stewards Academy, Green Streets program, the RainScapes Program, Weed Warriors, and working with diverse cultures in programming environmental activities.
There is something for everyone! Younger attendees can visit fun exhibits like the Recycling craft table, the Rainy Day display, or Enviroscape Model while adult attendees can learn about businesses that provide eco-friendly lawn service, see residential rain barrels demonstrations or the newest trends in Eco-Smart cars. There is much to see and do.
Summit partners have included the Cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg, Montgomery Parks, University of Maryland Extension, and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). The first H2O summit was held in 2011 through a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
View Pictures of Last Year’s Summit: