Environment

April 10, 2021 | Halle Grossett

Lightning Strikes Cause Two House Fires on Same Block in Potomac

Montgomery County firefighters rushed to put out a fire in the 8500 block of Rapley Preserve Circle in Potomac Friday evening. The neighborhood endured severe weather conditions Friday night bringing both thunder and lightning to the area. MCFRS were called to the neighborhood to extinguish a residential fire at 8527 Rapley Preserve Circle. Shortly after […]

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April 7, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

County’s 2021 Energy Summit Early Registration Ends April 9

From May 4 through May 6, The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) National Capital Region will be hosting the 2021 Montgomery County Energy Summit. The Summit’s annual purpose has been to offer education centered around green building, energy efficiency, renewable energy and related topics relevant to […]

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April 5, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

Brookside Gardens Ranks on Yelp’s Top 25 Gardens in North America

Brookside Gardens in Wheaton made Yelp’s “Top 25 gardens in North America,” their all-time list of the top botanical gardens across the United States and Canada. Brookside Gardens is an award-winning public display garden popular among Montgomery County residents for its luscious landscape. The gardens have become a local favorite destination for enjoying nature and […]

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April 5, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Flooding At National Weather Service Headquarters Damages Data Server

Due to a flood at the National Weather Service headquarters in Silver Spring, information concerning precipitation frequency and intensity has been more difficult to obtain. A ruptured water pipe at one of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) campus buildings in downtown Silver Spring on March 9 caused so much damage that the server […]

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April 2, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

‘I’m Really Happy About This’: Elrich Visits County’s Mass Vaccination Site

The new mass vaccination site at the Montgomery College Germantown campus is nearly in full swing. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich says things are running smoothly, and the county is prepared to ramp up operations when they get more vaccine doses from the state. “Our problem was never sites and logistics; it was always doses,” […]

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March 31, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

Montgomery Parks to Celebrate Earth Month with Eco-Friendly Activities

April 22 marks Earth Day and Montgomery Parks has planned a number of eco-friendly activities and special events throughout the month of April to involve the community in celebrating Earth Month. From online plant sales and Arbor Day seedling giveaways to a GreenFest month-long celebration, Montgomery Parks, as part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and […]

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March 29, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

Brookeville Brothers Produce Award-Winning Film on the Chesapeake Bay

What began as two brothers in a quarantine project evolved into an award-winning film addressing the number one challenge currently facing the Chesapeake Bay — water quality. Andrew and Eric Braker’s film “A Journey Upstream” takes an adventure through the Chesapeake Bay and tells the story of two fish species which assist in understanding the […]

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March 18, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

County Reaches Milestone of Recycling 200,000 Pounds of Food Scraps

The Montgomery County Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Partnership Program recently hit a milestone of recycling more than 200,000 pounds of food waste. “Think about it; 200,000 pounds of food scraps that would have gone in the trash was instead converted to compost and is serving a new purpose,” said Montgomery County Dept. of Environmental Protection […]

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March 12, 2021 | Michael Hernández

El Condado se Esfuerza por Reciclar Adecuadamente las Bombillas con Mercurio

A manera que se cambie la hora el domingo, el Departamento de Protección Ambiental del Condado de Montgomery (DEP, por sus siglas en inglés) quiere comenzar una nueva tradición con su iniciativa para educar a los residentes sobre cómo reciclar adecuadamente las bombillas fluorescentes compactas (CFL, por sus siglas en inglés). La iniciativa se llama […]

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March 12, 2021 | Michael Hernández

County Makes Push to Properly Recycle Lightbulbs With Mercury

Ahead of Daylight Saving Time, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking to start a new tradition with their initiative to educate residents on how to properly recycle Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs).  The initiative is called “Recycle Right — CFLs Contain Mercury” and its primary focus is to inform residents on how […]

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