ANS Asks Montgomery County Council to Support Full Funding for Montgomery Parks’ Stormwater Projects through the Water Quality Protection Fund

Letter from Lisa Alexander, Executive Director of Audubon Naturalist Society to Montgomery County Councilmembers Floreen, Leventhal and Reimer. April 14, 2016 Dear Councilmembers Floreen, Leventhal, and Riemer, Audubon Naturalist Society strongly supports full funding for stormwater programs and projects, particularly projects that use green infrastructure solutions such as rain gardens and tree plantings to infiltrate runoff and reduce flooding and erosion in our streams.  Because Montgomery Parks is required to build and maintain stormwater facilities, under its own MS4 Phase II permit under the Clean Water Act, our Parks Department is an essential leader and practitioner in our County’s stormwater management system. On behalf of the more than 7,000 members of the Audubon Naturalist Society, I ask you to support Director Riley’s request for full funding for the Park’s CIP stormwater project plan, including the additional $1.6 million that Parks has requested for stormwater projects in the Pollution Prevention and Stream Protection PDFs. Montgomery Parks together with our Department of Environmental Protection manage what is effectively one large stormwater system, and their funding should originate from the same funding source: The Water Quality Protection Charge and Fund.  The requested funds – that depend on your vote in the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee – would be used to help restore these watersheds that are essential to the quality of life here in Montgomery County: Sligo Creek Little Falls Northwest Branch Seneca Creek Rock Creek Cabin John Paint Branch The members of Audubon Naturalist Society will be keenly interested in how you vote in the PHED Committee. Please support Director Riley’s request for full funding for Parks stormwater projects. Sincerely, Lisa Alexander  
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