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 H 2O Summit is all about! Join local community groups to learn about how the County addresses water quality and how you can become involved.

The 2020 H 2O Summit was held on Friday, November 13, 1 pm - 4 pm. In case you missed it, check out the video below!



What’s Happening at the H 2O Summit 2020?

This year’s agenda will provide information and programs led by community partnerships and well as County Government, WSSC Water, Montgomery Parks, and other opportunities County residents can utilize to help improve their local waterways.
  • Stormwater (MS4)  - Hear from the County and Phase II jurisdictions on their progress including the status of the County’s new permit and new approaches DEP is rolling out to reduce stormwater. 

  • Climate Change and Resiliency - Hear about the current progress on this topic from the County and the City of Rockville. Learn how you can get involved as the draft Montgomery County Climate and Resiliency Plan (CARP) is released in the coming months.

  • Pesticide Law – Learn more about the County pesticide law and how it is being implemented including jurisdictions that are adopting the law.

  • Litter Issues – Local experts will be on hand to discuss litter issues facing the County and plans to combat them.

There will be pre-registration. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the event link for the day of the event.  You may attend the entire event or participate in as many or as few sessions as you like. 


When and Where is the Summit?

The H 2O Summit will be held virtually via Zoom on November 13th from 1-4pm.  The sessions will be recorded so you can view them at a time that is convenient to you as well.

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: