Water and Community Events


H 2O Summit

Taking pride in local water quality, networking, and learning about what is happening in your area is what the H2O Summit is all about! Join us to learn about water quality and how you can become more involved. Look out for the 2022 H2O Summit.



What’s Happening at the H 2O Summit 2021?

2021 H2O Summit Topics

Hear from a panel of experts on the new FEMA maps, rate changes, insurance and lot to lot drainage

Jurisdictional Stormwater (MS4) Updates
Hear from the County and local municipalities on stormwater programs and progress.

Community grant projects
Hear from some recent grantees doing rewarding watershed improvement work in the communities of Long Branch and the City of Gaithersburg.

Winter Salting programs and initiatives
Leaders will be on hand to discuss the voluntary Salt Watch program and the upcoming Salt Summit.

Litter Issues
Local experts will describe the new Litteroti software being utilized in the County and the art of Plogging!

All these topics and more will be highlighted at the event.

The H2O Summit is a collaborative effort by Montgomery County, Montgomery Parks, WSSC Water, Cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville, and University of Maryland Extension.

Who's Invited?

The event is open to anyone interested in learning how to protect our local waters. This event is of particular interest to nonprofit watershed groups, community activists, business leaders, and residents living near streams.


Community Leader / Stream Volunteer Award

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 to enhancing the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County's water resources in a sustainable way. 



Nominees should have demonstrated excellence in the following area(s) (one or all): 
  • Promotes awareness of stream health and watershed restoration

  • Volunteers his or her own time to actively restore their local watershed, via stream cleanups or other meaningful outdoor learning, education or volunteer opportunities

  • Shows initiative to protect our local water resources (Saw a problem, did something to fix it, organized multiple cleanups, events, activities, spearheaded public policy changes, etc.)

  • Volunteer efforts made a significant impact to an organization, a project or community related to water

  • Educates, engages, and motivates their neighbors/community to take action to protect local waterways

  • Due to their efforts, stream health/water quality is noticeably improving

  • Works to develop new and innovative partnerships especially with diverse cultures

  • Advocates and inspires change in the watershed community

  • Makes a positive impact in the community and the watershed through their leadership and influence

  • Exemplifies the qualities of a strong community leader

Through actions big and small, residents from all walks of life can help to restore the 1,500 miles of stream in Montgomery County.  Each year, our committee recognizes one remarkable person who embraces these characteristics and who leads by example to demonstrate what we can all do both individually and collectively to help our watershed communities.
In celebration and support of their outstanding work in the community, the H 2O committee recognizes a Community leader/stream volunteer each year at the H 2O Summit. Awardees must reside in Montgomery County and be willing to share their stories. 
Effective volunteer leaders are the "keys" by which we unlock volunteer hands and minds- Quote from Develop volunteer leaders worthy of the cause by John M. Knibb, October 22, 2012 from Inside Business.
Prior Winners: 
  • 2012 – Ed Murtagh, Friends of Sligo Creek
  • 2013 - Paul Hlavinka, Muddy Branch Alliance 
    • Lifetime Achievement Awards; Keith Van Ness, DEP; Doug Redmond, MC Parks
  • 2015 – None Awarded (Event combined with GreenFest)
  • 2016 – Kit Gage, Friends of Sligo Creek
  • 2017 – Diane Cameron
  • 2017 – Tracy Rouleau
  • 2020 - Dan Kulpinski


H 2O Summit Partners

The H 2O Summit is made possible thanks to the amazing work of our partners:


Upcoming DEP Events: