Environment

June 23, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Unveils Climate Plan ‘Among the Most Ambitious in the World’ to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On Wednesday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich unveiled the county’s Climate Action Plan. At the Marian Fryer Town Plaza in Downtown Wheaton, Elrich said the county’s climate goals aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035 compared to 2005 levels. “They are among the most ambitious in the […]

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June 16, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

What’s Next for the Brood X Cicadas?

The Cicada Brood X invasion is getting ready to enter the next life cycle phase. Once cicadas mate and lay their eggs, the male and female cicadas start to die after about five weeks aboveground. What happens to the eggs they’ve laid? Brookside Gardens Plant Collections Manager Phil Normandy says they’ll burrow and live underground […]

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June 14, 2021 | Staff Writer

Cicada Mania in Montgomery County

Cicadas are back in Montgomery County and MyMCM is giving you all the latest news on the Brood X critters before they die off again, only to return again in 17 years. Here’s a musical montage for you cicada fans. Check out all of our cicada coverage by clicking here.

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June 11, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Still Hopeful About Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Gov. Larry Hogan said in Gaithersburg on Thursday that he’s still hopeful about Congress pushing through a bipartisan infrastructure deal. On Tuesday, the negotiations between the White House and Senate Republicans ended after the two parties couldn’t reach an agreement to improve the nation’s infrastructure. President Biden’s initial plan proposed a $2.3 trillion package; the Republicans […]

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June 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Montgomery County Thursday 

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Flash Flood Watch for Montgomery County beginning noon Thursday until midnight. NWS said slow-moving storms with heavy rain could potentially cause flash flooding and told residents to be prepared to act if a Flash Flood Warning is issued or if flooding is seen. According to Montgomery County Emergency […]

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June 8, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Brookside Gardens is Protecting Select Trees from Cicadas

Depending on where you live, you’ve probably seen your share of cicadas by now. At Brookside Gardens, they’re not hard to see or hear. Plants Collections Manager Phil Normandy has worked at the popular Wheaton destination  for the past 42 years where he’s witnessed the last three cicadas invasions. He says Brookside Gardens had to […]

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June 4, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Students Cook Cicadas for First Time: ‘It’s Probably Something We Should Just Try Out’

Brood X cicadas have returned after 17 years, and Maryland is the epicenter for the swarms. MyMCM joined two college students from Montgomery County who are seeing the creatures for the first time – that they can remember – and who were set on having the “full” experience. Natalie Hays, an incoming sophomore at the […]

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May 28, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Swarmageddon: Local Expert Answers Questions About Cicadas

By now, many residents have likely witnessed swarms of cicadas throughout Montgomery County. The amount of creepy crawlers you’ve seen – and heard – depends on what part of the county you reside. MyMCM reached out to a local bug expert for answers to some basic questions about cicadas. Montgomery Parks Senior Natural Resources Specialist […]

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May 27, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

How Sweet It Is: Gaithersburg Candy Company Selling Chocolate Covered Cicadas

For many, the idea of eating a cicada might not be the most appetizing thing in the world. But add some chocolate into the mix and now you’re talking. Chouquette, a candy company in Gaithersburg, is now making the ultimate chocolate treat worth indulging in every 17 years. And it’s created quite a buzz. In […]

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May 20, 2021 | Staff Writer

Photos: Cicada Emerging from Shell in Potomac

As millions of cicadas are emerging from the earth, MyMCM found one cicada in Potomac shedding its shell. Take a look at these cool photos: And here’s a video of the cicada—finally free from its shell. View this post on Instagram A post shared by MyMCMedia (@mymcmedia) Related Post: MoCo’s Most Famous: ‘The Bug Guy’ […]

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