Saving Montgomery County's Ten Mile Creek
Ten Mile Creek, the “last best creek,” is threatened by a proposed development in Clarksburg, in northwest Montgomery County. The proposed final and optional phase of a build-out in what was a rural area would be certain to degrade Ten Mile Creek’s water quality.
In addition to its status as a valuable natural area, the creek is a backup drinking water source for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) customers, increasing the issue’s importance for most Montgomery and Prince George’s County residents.
Many citizens from already-developed parts of the Clarksburg area are raising their voices about how further development could harm their quality of life as well as the creek. Advocates have added their voices to the debate, as the proposed development would be the antithesis the “smarth growth” ideal of walkable urban places with nearby public transit. Instead, this development would cause needless natural resource degradation and increase dependence on long-distance travel.
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