Ten Mile Creek: Hey I was Drinking That!

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 2:22pm

Ten Mile Creek in Clarksburg is Montgomery County's last, best stream and part of the drinking water supply for 3 million people in the Washington, D.C. region.   When the Clarksburg Town was planned in 1994, the Council placed the western side of the creek in the county’s Agricultural Reserve, safeguarding the farms and forests that had occupied it for generations.  However, they decided to postpone designation of the eastern side until "more studies" have been done.  The studies were done; they recommended that the eastern side be protected too and now it is time to ask the County to act on this recommendation and amend the master plan to protect the creek headwaters. 

Amend the Master Plan to Stop Urban Sprawl
Two development proposals for land in the eastern side are being considered.  They would bring more than a thousand housing units and a half-million square feet of commercial space into the headwaters of Ten Mile Creek. The scale and footprint of these projects, along with the sewer lines to serve them, will destroy this sensitive watershed.  An amendment to the Master Plan can stop this development. 

Sign a Petition
Please take a minute to ask the County Council to admend the master plan and put a stop to this urban sprawl development and protect the stream.  You can email them directly, or sign a petition by going to the Montgomery Countryside Alliance website. 

Learn about the Issue
To learn more about the efforts to save Ten Mile Creek, visit the Audubon Naturalist Society website.  They have been working on this for years and ask for our help. 

Read about the problem in an oped piece by Royce Hanson, former Montgomery County Planning Board Chair. 

This is not just a Clarksburg problem, but an issue for all of us who drink water and love the environment!

Email the Council Directly

We have been told by one Council person, that some of the members consider online petitions "mindless clicking".  So please, personalize the following letter and email the council directly - county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov.  The email addresses for individual Council Members are listed below.

Sample Email (please personalize if you can):

Dear Montgomery County Council President Berliner and Councilmembers,

I urge you to act to make Clarksburg Town Center a more walkable, vibrant place and to protect Ten Mile Creek in the process, since it is our county’s best creek and a backup drinking water supply for 3 million people in the region. Both can be accomplished with an amendment to the Clarksburg Master Plan.

The residents of Clarksburg need fulfillment of promises made in the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan and 2006 Compliance Plan, including a concentrated town center with key amenities. Simultaneously, Ten Mile Creek needs to be protected through establishment of scientifically sound limits on density and imperviousness.

Only a Master Plan amendment will in a timely manner satisfy the needs of Clarksburg residents while achieving permanent protection of Ten Mile Creek and its watershed. I care about the future of our region. Your acting to protect Ten Mile Creek and meet the needs of Clarksburg residents will help to keep our clean drinking water supply clean for future generations.

Phil Andrews councilmember.andrews@montgomerycountymd.gov
Roger Berliner councilmember.berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov
Marc Elrich councilmember.elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov
Valerie Ervin councilmember.ervin@montgomerycountymd.gov
Nancy Floreen councilmember.floreen@montgomerycountymd.gov
George Leventhal councilmember.leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov
Nancy Navarro councilmember.navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
Craig Rice councilmember.rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
Hans Riemer councilmember.riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov

County Exec Ike Legget- ocemail@montgomerycountymd.gov