Sligo Creek Restoration Called “National Success Story” by the U.S. EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called the restoration of Sligo Creek by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) -- that has improved water quality and aquatic life -- “a national success story.”
How did it happen?
By 1985, stormwater runoff and extensive habitat destruction in this highly urbanized tributary to the Anacostia River had helped eliminate all but four of the most pollution-tolerant fish species. And, Sligo Creek’s condition received a “poor” rating on a DEP biological assessment of the stream’s health. DEP efforts boosted the rating to “fair” by improving habitat that is naturally sustaining 14 fish species and contributing to reducing pollutant loads for phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment.
“The success we are seeing in Sligo Creek is proof positive that we can improve the neglected streams in our beautiful County,” said DEP Director Bob Hoyt. “Our success spurs us to continue working even harder to ensure that the next generation enjoys the benefits of healthy and safe water.”
DEP has implemented stormwater management practices on 1,425 acres (48%) of the upper Sligo Creek sub-watershed, resulting in a 41% reduction in peak stream flow discharge. This has led to improvements in water quality; streambed and bank stability, in-stream habitat; and a more abundant benthic macroinvertebrate community that helps support increased fish populations.
About $3 million (excluding monitoring costs) has been invested in the upper Sligo Creek restoration effort, including $1.8 million from the Montgomery County Capital budget, $1 million from Maryland Department of the E’nvironment's Small Creeks and Estuaries Reserve cost share program, and $256,000 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Read the news release for more about Sligo Creek, including background.
To view the Sligo Creek success story, go to: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/success319/md_sligo.cfm.
For more information about DEP’s watershed programs, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dep and click on Water.
Montgomery County Receives Two Awards from Alliance for Workplace Excellence
Montgomery County government has earned the Workplace Excellence Award and the Health & Wellness Trailblazer Award from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) for its exemplary commitment to the workforce by creating a culture that allows employees to be successful in the workplace, at home and in the community.
The awards honor organizations that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness for their employees. Montgomery County was among 73 employers, representing more than one million employees, that met stringent standards regarding the benefits and work environments they provide.
Organizations were judged on supportive corporate culture and management practices, family- and employee-friendly practices, health and wellness initiatives, growth and learning opportunities, and commitment to social responsibility and employee volunteerism.
The awards will be presented at AWE’s annual awards luncheon in mid-June at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.
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POSTED AT: Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 2:00:00 AM