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Active Watershed Construction Projects

 

The Department of Environmental Protection currently has 10 watershed restoration projects under construction. Learn more about each of these projects below. You can also see our full restoration map here.

 

Montgomery County active restoration projects

 

1. Northlake Apartments

Northlake Apartments

Estimated Completion: Summer 2018

  • DEP is upgrading this stormwater pond to meet current design and safety standards, including a new riser structure, spillway pipe, and embankment.
  • The pond will treat 6 acres of stormwater runoff before it enters Gunners Branch in the Seneca Creek watershed.

Questions? Contact  Douglas Marshall  by email or call 240-777-7767


2. Potomac Chase

Potomac Chase

Estimated Completion: Fall 2018

  • DEP is upgrading a stormwater pond to meet current design and safety standards. This will protect Muddy Branch, which is downstream from the pond.
  • The project will also replace the concrete riser structure and partially reconstruct the pond embankment.

Questions? Contact  Douglas Marshall  by email or call 240-777-7767


3. Mills Farm

Mills Farm

Estimated Completion: Fall 2018

  • DEP is upgrading an existing stormwater pond, replacing the concrete riser structure and reconstructing a pond and roadway embankment.
  • The stormwater pond retrofit will bring the pond into compliance with current design and safety standards and protect downstream Muddy Branch

Questions? Contact  Douglas Marshall  by email or call 240-777-7767


4. Pueblo Road

Pueblo Road

Estimated Completion: Fall 2018

  • This project will upgrade an existing stormwater pond, raise sewer manholes, plant trees upstream and downstream of the stormwater pond, and seed in wetland areas.  
  • DEP is upgrading and installing a new dam embankment and weir wall with rip rap step pools downstream. These projects will help protect downstream Seneca Creek.

Questions? Contact Saeyin Oh by email or 240-777-7795


5. Hunters Woods III

Hunters Wood III

Estimated Completion: Fall 2018

  • DEP is retrofitting and expanding an existing dry pond to a wet pond.  During this project, we'll install a permanent wet pool to provide water quality treatment to stormwater runoff entering the stormwater pond before it flows downstream into Cabin Branch, a tributary of Seneca Creek.
  • We're also planting native wet meadow and low marsh vegetation around the pond to provide habitat for frogs and other organisms.

Questions? Contact  Darian Copiz by email or call 240-777-7774


6. Quail Valley 2

Quail Valley 2

Estimated Completion: Fall 2018

  • DEP is replacing an existing dry pond with two sand infiltration basins to provide water quality treatment to stormwater runoff before it reaches Cabin Branch, a tributary to Seneca Creek.
  • We've also restored a portion of stream to add riffle-pool habitat and erosion control downstream of the infiltration basins. This project includes planting native plants and trees for habitat and shade. 

Questions? Contact  Darian Copiz by email or call 240-777-7774


7. Olney Elementary School

Olney Elementary School

Estimated Completion: Fall 2018

  • We're installing two bioretention gardens and one rain garden to capture and treat 2.26 acres of stormwater runoff from the school roof and parking lot. This will treat 94% of stormwater runoff onsite to protect Rock Creek downstream.
  • The project will also add 72 shade trees for habitat
  • The work is in coordination with the Olney Elementary School principal and MCPS Division of Construction.
Questions? Contact  Douglas Marshall  by email or call 240-777-7767

8. Sherwood Elementary School

Sherwood Elementary School

Estimated Completion: Fall 2018

  • DEP is installing a bio‐swale and bioretention to treat stormwater runoff from a nearby parking lot and provide habitat for pollinators. Four additional shade trees will also be planted. This project removes sediment and pollutants from stormwater before it can enter the headwaters of Northwest Branch
  • This project is in coordination with Sherwood Elementary Principal and MCPS Division of Construction.

Questions? Contact  Douglas Marshall  by email or call 240-777-7767


9. Greencastle Lakes

Greencastle Lakes

Estimated Completion: Winter 2019

  • DEP is working with two HOA landowners to establish a permanent pool and aquatic bench on an existing stormwater pond. This project addresses critical dam safety requirements and improves aquatic and wetland habitat and vegetation.  The project also brings the pond facility up to design and safety standards.
  • The project will provide water quality treatment to downstream Little Paint Branch.

Questions? Contact  Darian Copiz by email or call 240-777-7774


10. Falls Reach

Falls Reach

Estimated Completion: Summer 2019

  • DEP is currently working to retrofit an existing dry stormwater pond and restore 1,400 linear feet of stream. The pond improvements will include installing a new riser, enlarging the pond to include a permanent wet pool, and planting wetland vegetation to create a balanced ecosystem. 
  • The project will protect water quality in both the Falls Reach Tributary and downstream in Watts Branch by stabilizing stream banks and reducing flooding downstream. 

Questions? Contact  Douglas Marshall by email or call 240-777-7767

 

 
 
 
 
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