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Council's Science-Based Vote a Water Protection Landmark
Montgomery County’s Ten Mile Creek has been called the “last best creek.” It feeds the Little Seneca Reservoir which supplies emergency drinking water for more than 4.3 million DC area residents. The creek is at the center of a pristine and sensitive natural resource area in the northern part of the county and has long been threatened by short-sighted development proposals.
The Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition together with Clean Water Action scored a major victory this April, when the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously for responsible limits on new development in area. The Council’s April 1 action thwarted developers’ latest plans, which would have paved over more than 150 acres. Read more
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.
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on whether to close the loopholes that allow corporations and big polluters to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution from power plants into our air. This same pollution is already having devastating effects on water from Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to the Colorado River and is putting our agricultural and tourism industries at risk.
In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay. The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010. That deadline will not be met. Clean Water Action supported the strongest possible version of this latest agreement, understanding that we would continue fighting for the enforcement of the Clean Water Act as the likeliest means restoring the Bay.