Environment

July 23, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Aftermath of Wednesday Evening Storm: Downed Trees, Power Outages

A severe storm swept across Montgomery County on Wednesday evening, causing a significant amount of lightning—leaving lots of downed trees and hundreds of homes without power. There were several downed wires and trees, especially in the Rockville and Kensington area, as well as the Bethesda and Colesville area. There were also numerous reports of lightning […]

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July 22, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Stormy Weather Causes Chaos: Firefighters Respond to Lightning, Fires, Power Outages

Wednesday afternoon’s turbulent weather wreaked havoc on the region and kept Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services quite busy. Pete Piringer, a spokesperson for MCFRS, tweeted that firefighters responded to more than 100 911 calls related to weather between 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. ABC7’s Lindsey Mastis reported on Twitter that more than 700 people […]

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July 22, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Oportunidad de Empleo en la Semana de la Conservación Latina

Montgomery Parks dio inicio, desde el 18 al 26 de julio, a la Semana de la Conservación Latina, una iniciativa de la Fundación de Acceso Hispano que busca brindar a la comunidad latina oportunidades para disfrutar del aire libre, aprender sobre los esfuerzos de conservación y demostrar su apoyo a la protección de nuestros recursos naturales, […]

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July 17, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Concerned With Beltway Expansion, Activists Request More Time to Review Environmental Report

Some environmental activist groups, including the Maryland Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association, have expressed concerns with the beltway expansion environmental impact report released in June. The state is offering a 90-day period for anyone to review the document, released by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration and Federal Highway Administration. Some activists […]

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July 16, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Sierra Club Rallies Support for Solar Paneling on County Agricultural Reserve

The Sierra Club of Maryland Chapter and Montgomery County group is urging residents to email councilmembers to support a resolution that would allow the construction of solar panel systems on the county agricultural reserve. The resolution, formally known as Zoning Text Amendment 20-01, will allow a portion of land within the agricultural reserve to be […]

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July 14, 2020 | Aiesha Solomon

Montgomery Parks Announces Partial Reopening of Two Event Centers

The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek and Rockwood Manor have reopened only for appointments and events with small numbers. Both retreats are open to different events, such as small weddings and receptions, as long as guests book their stay in advance. To make an appointment at either of these event centers, potential attendees must: Use […]

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July 14, 2020 | Mira Varghese

Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a Montgomery County press release. According to the release, the LEED Green Building Rating System is aimed at recognizing buildings that minimize environmental stress and increase sustainability and resource efficiency. […]

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July 10, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Photos: In A Summer Like No Other, Poolesville Sunflowers Stand Tall

It’s a summer like we’ve never seen before. Camps are virtual, swim team is (mostly) canceled, and we are all walking around in face masks. But one thing has not changed here in Montgomery County: McKee-Beshers WMA sunflowers have bloomed and are back in full force. View this post on Instagram The bees are abuzz […]

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July 9, 2020 | Aiesha Solomon

MCPL Announces Virtual ‘Energy Express’ Story Events for Elementary Age Youth

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will be hosting virtual energy-themed summer writing events for elementary age children, spanning Tuesdays and Thursdays in July. In partnership with My Green Montgomery, these events will showcase the ways energy play an important part in every person’s life, while also presenting stories to explain energy usage to children. “Montgomery […]

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July 2, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Montgomery Parks Extends Open Parkways for Holiday Weekend

Several open parkways for pedestrians and bicyclists will operate for extended hours during the holiday weekend, the Montgomery County Parks Department announced Tuesday. Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway in Silver Spring, Beach Drive in Kensington, and a 1.3-mile stretch of Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda will be open to pedestrian traffic beginning Thursday, July 2 […]

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