Action Alert for Ten Mile Creek

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 9:26pm

UPDATE: January 30, 2014

Call and write your council members to Save Ten Mile Creek.  Thank Councilmembers Andrews, Elrich and Berliner for their support.  Remind the other councilmembers that you "Drink Water" and you "vote!"

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Here is the lastest from Diane Cameron, Audobon Naturalist Society. 

Yesterday (Wednesday 1/29/14), there was a lengthy worksession on the Ten Mile Creek land use plan.  Longtime council staffer Marlene Michaelson gave the joint committee a briefing on her memo outlining options for each of the Pulte, Peterson, and Egan sites, plus some overall issues affecting Ten Mile Creek.

Re: We Oppose a Delay in council decisionmaking on Ten Mile Creek.

  • If you have not already done so, please write to Councilmember Navarro and tell her that you, your group, and the Save Ten Mile Creek coalition are counting on her support for protecting Ten Mile Creek – and that includes her support for a decision on this plan soon – like in the next ten days -  and not delayed beyond this timeframe.
     
  • Good government process demands that the Council make a decision at the point that it has taken in the public and expert input, sifted, debated and weighed options, and crafted a plan that gets a majority vote.  That time is now – not months from now.

 
Here are some highlights from yesterday:

  •  Basis for the current round of worksessions is the memo by Council staffperson Marlene Michaelson who specializes in Land use plans – along with our Coalition’s strong push for full protection which has clearly gone a long way to reframe the council’s discussion and gist of the questions:
  • from the Planning Board’s (badframe of:  “how can we allow developers full 1994 build-out while trying to minimize the damage to the stream?”  to:
  • “how can we provide the most protection possible, while giving some ability to the developers to develop a portion of their lands?”
     
  • Please read the Michaelson memo in order to understand this basis for these discussions.
     
  • Michaelson’s staff recommendations in this memo are in the right direction – she’s laying out options for Pulte, Peterson and Egan and recommending particular options.  The resulting imperviousness levels are certainly less than the Planning Board’s plan, and we are still running the number to analyse this
     
  • Both Steve Shofar and Keith Van Ness of DEP testified yesterday that “the less imperviousness, the less degradation.”
     
  • Elrich and Berliner both asked good questions about imperviousness and the extremely high sensitivity of Ten Mile Creek.
     
  • Our allies on the Council, especially Marc Elrich and Roger Berliner, are working to try to get the numbers even lower (imperviousness levels on a parcel by parcel basis and also, subwatershed by subwatershed). And, with DEP’s help, the sensitive areas are being well-mapped and with restrictions prohibiting building in these areas, the buildable area limits of disturbance are shrinking.
     
  • Michaelson’s memo also has other helpful aspects including moving the Fire Station out of Ten Mile Creek and in working with the Parks staff to clarify the language about conserving the lands that are not built upon –either through developers dedicating that land, or through the Parks Dept. acquiring that land.

·         We are meeting with Leventhal today at 1 pm and Rice at 4:30 pm.  Will report back on these meetings.

·         Please stay tuned for an action alert to support getting the most protective plan possible for Ten Mile Creek.

-          Diane

 

UPDATE: December 9, 2013

Sign a Petition to Save Ten Mile Creek -

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/1protect-the-drinking?mailing_id=17453&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=805797

The science says that ANY development in the Ten Mile Creek watershed will pollute Little Seneca Reservoir. We urge the Montgomery County Council to not allow any development in the Ten Mile Creek watershed which will degrade the water quality of Little Seneca Reservoir. Please don’t vote to pollute our drinking water.

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From our friends at Montgomery Countryside Alliance:

On December 3rd and 5th - the Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on Clarksburg's Ten Mile Creek, the county's last, best creek and the backup drinking water supply for you, me and  4.3 million other DC area residents.

At the October Planning Board Hearing, Board members voted to allow more than 650 residential units and the area's second outlet mall in the headwaters of the creek- all while Clarksburg goes without basic services like a grocery store. Despite your calls and emails, the Planning Board caved to threats of lawsuits from the developers and chose a course that is scientifically proven to degrade our water supply.

We have one more chance- the decision moves to the County Council next week. Incredibly, we understand that some members of the Council do not see the need to provide protection for our water resources before land use decisions are made.  We need your help in urging them to consider the 4.3 million people that depend on this water supply and the Clarksburg residents that were promised a liveable community, not more sprawl. More Background HERE

Take Action Now:   

Call or email the County Council members ( Contact and Talking points HERE ) to let them know that the threat of lawsuits shouldn't decide how we protect our water- science should.

Attend the Hearings:  

December 3rd and 5th - 7:30 pm in the Council Office Building, Rockville

We understand you can still sign up to testify on the 5th.  Call 240-777-7803 to get on the list.

Even if you are not speaking- please attend to show your support

What Ten Mile Creek Supporters are Saying:   

 "It makes no sense to target a sensitive watershed for houses and malls. Please guide and temper the county's growth with reason and care."

"I am 17 and I want to be able to drink the water when I am 40."

 "Can't we just have one clean creek?"