• Petitioned Montgomery County

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County Councilmembers
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Councilmembers
Phil Andrews
Montgomery County Councilmembers
Marc Elrich
Montgomery County Councilmembers
Valerie Ervin
Montgomery County Councilmembers
Nancy Floreen
Montgomery County Councilmembers
George Leventhal
Montgomery County Councilmembers
Nancy Navarro
Montgomery County Councilmembers
Craig Rice
Montgomery County Councilmembers
Hans Riemer
County Executives
Ike Leggett
Montgomery County Councilmembers
Roger Berliner
Planning Board Members
Montgomery County Planning Board Members

County Councilmembers: Protect Ten Mile Creek and Provide for the Needs of Clarksburg Residents!

    1. Petition by

      Montgomery Countryside Alliance

October 2012


From the Montgomery Countryside Alliance and Audubon Naturalist Society: "MCA and ANS staff worked behind the scenes to get the Council Members on board with a Master Plan Amendment and the Council President provided real leadership. Our petition signers amplified these arguments in a respectful, successful way."

Ten Mile Creek in Clarksburg, MD is Montgomery County's last, best stream and part of the drinking water supply for 3 million people in the Washington, D.C. region.Clarksburg Town Center has grown tenfold in the past ten years, but infrastructure including safe, walkable shopping, a public library and transit, is lacking.
Montgomery must keep its promises to meet the needs of Clarksburg residents and put in place science-based protections for fragile, sensitive Ten Mile Creek. The alternative would be to allow further sprawl to degrade Ten Mile Creek and to pull infrastructure investments away from where they are needed - in the Town Center.
The way to avoid these tragic mistakes is via sound land use planning through an amendment to the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan. Learn more here

(Petition created by Montgomery Countryside Alliance)  

Recent signatures


    1. Less Impervious surface means better streams

      If the Council Council does not cap impervious surfaces in the area around Ten Mile Creek- water quality will suffer. We are only asking for the level of development around this drinking water supply to be based on science. See a chart of this from the state below:

      Ten Mile Creek is full of the sensitive species that mark a healthy stream and keeping lower levels of impervious surface will keep it that way. That's why we are trying to reach the members of the Council before they vote on Tuesday- please share our petition with your networks and let the Council know - "Hey, I was drinking that!"

      Maryland StreamHealth

      "Impervious surface" refers to all hard surfaces like paved roads, parking lots, roofs, and even highly compacted soils like sports fields. The problem with impervious surfaces is that they prevent the natural soaking of rainwater into the ground and slowly seeping into streams. Instead, the rain water accumulates and flows rapidly into storm drains.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. A few Council members think you are just "mouse clickers"

      We are getting through to most of the Council Members on the importance of 10 Mile Creek. But a few of them are discounting the sincerity of the folks signing our petition (the internet has been around a little while, folks) - can you share our petition or send a quick email directly to the council? They vote on TUESDAY! See our action alert here:

      Ten Mile Creek: Hey, I was drinking that!

      Thanks to all those that signed our petition and wrote into the County Council to protect Ten Mile Creek, the county's last, best stream and a backup drinking water supply for 3 million area residents. We are grateful for the leadership on this issue from Council President Berliner - let him know you are too!

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • josh goldman POOLESVILLE, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Victory! We will send full update! Thanks to all for your help!

    • Richard Jefferies STUDIO CITY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      The long term asset value of unspoiled nature is higher than any short term economic gain that would place it at risk.

    • Peter Hebert GERMANTOWN, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Development in Clarksburg represents just more of the same with one twist ... the developers and builders violated the rules at our expense. Slow down. Don't permit the developers to repeat the mistakes of developers that hurt all of us.

    • Dick Stoner ROCKVILLE, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      with Ches Bay TMDL and nitrogen/phosphorus run off being monitored more closely than ever in order to improve bay water quality, doesn't it make sense to keep one of this county's cleaner streams in excellent condition? Please only approve development with state of the art run off water quality controls

    • charles Goldman SILVER SPRING, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      This vote is a reflection of our values. I value this stream and what it contributes to life and the life cycle in our community.


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