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Updates http://www.lfwa.org/updates en Westbard Plan Approved http://www.lfwa.org/updates/westbard-plan-approved <p>On March 14, the LFWA board spent most of the day at the Planning Board hearing for the Westbard redevelopment testifying on behalf of the environment. The plan passed with the conditions recommended by the Planning staff.</p> <p>We are a little disappointed in that the stormwater management plan for the site contains a conditional waiver for treating the road water - we fought hard against this - and isn&#39;t as robust as it could be.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-assets"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="2880" height="2160" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/img_0092_jpg.jpg?1310401509" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="614" height="380" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/westbrook_meadow_in_bloom.gif?1310402196" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="954" height="635" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/garden_cropped_two.jpg?1310403034" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="1600" height="1067" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/view_from_back_with_purple_cone_flowers.jpg?1310403125" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="1600" height="1067" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/view_from_back_with_purple_cone_flowers_0.jpg?1310415081" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="954" height="635" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/garden_cropped_two_0.jpg?1310437620" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="2880" height="2160" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/img_0092_jpg_0.jpg?1310437741" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.lfwa.org/updates/westbard-plan-approved" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2019 17:33:48 +0000 admin 791 at http://www.lfwa.org What is ESD to the MEP and Why Do We Care About It? http://www.lfwa.org/updates/what-esd-mep-and-why-do-we-care-about-it <h3>UPDATE March 14, 2019.&nbsp; The Planning Board Approves Regency Center&#39;s application.&nbsp; Rejects our request for NO waiver.</h3> <h3><strong style="font-size: 12px;">Where Does Rain Water Go and Stormwater Management</strong></h3> <p>When it rains, the water hits the ground, the pavement, the roof tops, driveways, parking lots, etc.&nbsp; Some of it soaks into the ground (infiltrates) and some of runs off the impervious surfaces into the storm drain system - down gutters, into storm drain pipes, finally ending up in our waterways through outfall pipes.&nbsp; Too much stormwater run-o</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-assets"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="320" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/raingarden1.jpg?1549380647" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="300" height="300" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/drywell_cross-section.gif?1550421483" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.lfwa.org/updates/what-esd-mep-and-why-do-we-care-about-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2019 01:46:20 +0000 admin 778 at http://www.lfwa.org Salt from Roads is Contaminating Little Falls creek http://www.lfwa.org/updates/salt-roads-contaminating-little-falls-creek <div>Urban streams like Little Falls Branch have it tough in the winter.&nbsp; &nbsp;As usual, the culprit is us.&nbsp; Because it&#39;s safer to have clear streets free of ice and snow, the people that plow the snow also put down salt &ndash; in huge quantities.&nbsp; As soon as things melt, much of that salt ends up in in the creek.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To document the impact of road salt run-off, LFWA volunteers are taking water samples to see how high salt levels are in the creek and how they are affected by snow storms.&nbsp; Stream team leader Frank Sanford is heading it up, workin </div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-assets"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="1600" height="1067" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/rain_garden_0.jpeg?1548949238" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="181" height="320" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/2012-02-13_15-48-59_959.jpg?1548963843" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_assets" width="1554" height="1838" alt="" src="http://www.lfwa.org/sites/default/files/image_assets/road_salt_cropped_vertical.jpg?1548964098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.lfwa.org/updates/salt-roads-contaminating-little-falls-creek" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2019 22:24:15 +0000 admin 774 at http://www.lfwa.org MoCo Increases Rebates for Landscaping Projects http://www.lfwa.org/updates/moco-increases-rebates-landscaping-projects <p>Great news for the watershed! Montgomery County just announced that the homeowner Rainscape rebates for landscaping that manages stormwater will increase to $7,500 per residence.&nbsp; Rainscape projects include rain gardens to capture the water and let it soak into the ground, conservation landscaping which uses native plants to create more nature environment that prevents rain water run-off; pervious pavement - which soaks the water up instead of allowing it to run-off and more!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.lfwa.org/updates/moco-increases-rebates-landscaping-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 03:41:30 +0000 admin 766 at http://www.lfwa.org Watershed Groups Making an Economic Difference http://www.lfwa.org/updates/iso-stewards-0 <div><a href="https://phys.org/news/2018-10-watershed-groups-positive-impact-local.html"><strong>Watershed groups have a positive impact on local water quality, study finds</strong></a></div> <div>October 12, 2018 by Chris Branam, Oregon State University</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Economists have found that in the United States, watershed groups have had a positive impact on their local water quality.</div> <div class="blogger-post-footer"> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/10/02/1805336115">study</a> is published in the journal <strong><em>Proceedings of t </em></strong></div></div><p><a href="http://www.lfwa.org/updates/iso-stewards-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2018 15:54:00 +0000 131 at http://www.lfwa.org Backyard Bird Population in Decline Due to Lack of Native Plants http://www.lfwa.org/updates/backyard-bird-population-decline-due-lack-native-plants <p>A new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has linked the decline in backyard birds with the abundance of non-native plants. Song birds depend on insects to feed their young and insects need native hosts for their caterpillars.&nbsp; Just like the monarch butterfly needs milkweed, all native insects have a native host plant.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lfwa.org/updates/backyard-bird-population-decline-due-lack-native-plants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 15:11:00 +0000 199 at http://www.lfwa.org Stormwater Plan Falls Short for New Westwood Shopping Center http://www.lfwa.org/updates/stormwater-plan-falls-short-new-westwood-shopping-center <h3>Developer Proposes to Treat Only Half of Stormwater On Site</h3> <div>The plans for the new shopping center and town house complex at Westwood in Bethesda were submitted in May 2018 by Regency Centers.&nbsp; The Stormwater management plan is only treating 54% of the required stormwater run-off on-site.&nbsp; The developer asking to send the remaining 47% into the stormwater system via stormwater vaults.&nbsp; Water in the stormwater system will go directly to the Willett Branch without being treated.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Proposal Doesn&#39;t Meet Requirements to Treat 1. </strong></div><p><a href="http://www.lfwa.org/updates/stormwater-plan-falls-short-new-westwood-shopping-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:54:00 +0000 748 at http://www.lfwa.org Testimony in Favor of Full Funding for Montgomery Parks http://www.lfwa.org/updates/testimony-favor-full-funding-montgomery-parks <p>Montgomery County is in the middle of budget hearings for FY 19 Operating budgets.&nbsp; Our Executive Director, Sarah Morse, presented to following in support of fully funding Montgomery Parks both for operating budget for FY 19 and for Capital Improvement Projects for FY 19-24.&nbsp; The Council is still taking comments.&nbsp; Send your thoughts to <a href="mailto:county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov">county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lfwa.org/updates/testimony-favor-full-funding-montgomery-parks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:33:00 +0000 731 at http://www.lfwa.org