Environment

April 30, 2021 | Rachel Clair

Flushable Wipes Cause Sewer Overflow in Silver Spring

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) stopped a sanitary sewer overflow in a wooded area of Silver Spring on April 20. The overflow occurred at the 300 block of Hillsboro Drive, beginning at around 7:10 p.m. on April 20 and ending around 12:10 p.m. on April 21. The total volume of the overflow was 10,200 gallons […]

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April 30, 2021 | Rachel Clair

MCDOT Launches Electric Mowing Pilot Program

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has launched an all-electric mowing pilot program this season. Out of the nine mowing teams in the county, one team has been using all-electric, zero-emissions equipment. The goal of the program is to reduce noise and air pollution as well as cut field costs. At the end of the […]

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April 30, 2021 | Rachel Clair

‘Skip the Straw’ Campaign Begins Saturday

The “Skip the Straw” campaign beginning Saturday reminds Montgomery County restaurants and food service businesses to forego the extra plastic. County Executive Marc Elrich proposed the law which prohibits straws given to dine-in customers, except on request or in compliance with federal disability rights laws. The Montgomery County Council approved the bill in December 2020. […]

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April 29, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Cicadas Already Digging Out, Their Appearance is Imminent

The cicadas that have been living underground in total darkness throughout the county for the past 17 years are expected to make their aboveground debut next week although a few already have surfaced. This cicada pictured on the right was anxious and is already creeping around a backyard in Silver Spring. Like clockwork, they Brood […]

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April 26, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

Propuesta de $20 Millones para Mejorar el Centro de Reciclaje del Condado

Se espera que el Concejo del Condado de Montgomery apruebe una actualización de $20 millones al centro de reciclaje para hacerlo más eficiente, aumentar su capacidad y eliminar la necesidad de llevar el reciclaje a otro lugar para su procesamiento. El viernes, el Comité de Transporte y Medio Ambiente recomendó la actualización, y luego el […]

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April 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

$20 Million Upgrade to County Recycling Center Proposed

Montgomery County Council is expected to approve a $20 million upgrade to the existing Material Recycling Center to make it more efficient, increase its capacity and eliminate the need to take recycling elsewhere for processing. On Friday, the three-member Transportation and Environment Committee recommended the upgrade. Next, the full council will vote on the proposed […]

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April 23, 2021 | Grace Kpetemey

County Announces New Engagement Series For Earth Month

In honor of Earth Month, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and One Montgomery Green (OMG) have teamed up to present “Eco Evenings with DEP and OMG”.  This new series will discuss relevant environmental topics that are important to local residents. The first discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April […]

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April 23, 2021 | Rachel Clair

Montgomery County Energy Summit Announces Speakers

The Montgomery County Energy Summit has announced the opening and keynote speaker lineup for the 2021 event, which will run from May 4 to May 6. The annual event, now in its eighth year, will be all virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Green Building Council National […]

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April 22, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

El Condado Patrocina Varias Actividades para Celebrar el Día de la Tierra

Para celebrar el Día de la Tierra el jueves, el condado de Montgomery ofrece oportunidades para que los residentes ayuden a limpiar un arroyo, aprendan a hacer abono y mejoren su huella energética. A partir de las 4 p.m. hasta las 5:30 p.m., los residentes ayudarán a limpiar Cabin John Creek y el parque circundante […]

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April 22, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Sponsors Several Activities For Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day Thursday, Montgomery County is providing opportunities for residents to help clean up a creek, learn to compost and improve their energy footprint. From 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., residents will help clean up Cabin John Creek and the surrounding parkland in a naturalist-led program. The event at the Locust Grove […]

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