The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, in collaboration with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is planning to restore the Sherwood Forest tributary from Locksley Road to where the stream intersects with the mainstem of Northwest Branch. This project is planned for construction summer 2013. The Sherwood Forest tributary was identified as a priority for restoration in the Northwest Branch Watershed Feasibility Study (July 2000). This stream has been degraded by years of uncontrolled storm flows which has impacted habitat for fish and other aquatic life. The County plans to stabilize eroded streambanks, restore stable habitat, create wetlands, and reforest stream buffer areas. The project will provide environmental benefits, improve adjacent property values and aesthetics where reasonably possible, and provide community education opportunities.
This project Fact Sheet (PDF, 7.1 MB) provides more information. The Sherwood Forest stream restoration project will be constructed along with two other projects in the Northwest Branch watershed: Batchellors Run stream restoration and Woodlawn stream restoration.
Project Fact Sheet (PDF, 2 pp, 4.31 MB)
Color Exhibits with Design Plans and Example Photos (PDF, 4pp, 21.6 MB)
Stream Walk Information Packet (PDF, 21 pp, 2.89 MB)
This Army Corps of Engineers Fact Sheet provides more information about the partnership to restore the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River.
Stream restoration , along with RainScapes projects voluntarily installed on residential lots, will maximize the pollution reduction and water quality benefits that can be achieved in the neighborhood. As part of the RainScapes Rewards Program, Sherwood Forest residents have the option to install rain gardens, rain barrels, and other attractive stormwater control features on their property, and have costs partially rebated by the County. Applications are available online.
Click here to learn about other ways you and your community can help your local watershed. Your actions can make a big difference!
The project is in the 100% Final Design and Construction stage as of May 2013. The project is planned for construction summer 2013.
Public Meetings and Field Walks
Public meetings have been planned to ensure that the project is directly informed by and reflects your community's values and priorities. During these meetings the public will have an opportunity to engage with Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection staff members and learn more about how to contribute water quality improvements. The first public meeting was held at Westover Elementary School at 7 p.m. on March 7th, 2012. A community stream walk is planned for May 21st, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Initial Public Meeting
Location: Westover Elementary School Cafeteria, 401 Hawkesbury Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20904 (map)
Date: March 7, 2012
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Meeting Announcement Flyer (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Meeting Presentations and SummariesThe following presentation, exhibits, and handouts were provided at the March 7th public meeting.
Community Stream Walk
Location: Meet at Locksley Lane, where stream crosses under road, Silver Spring, MD (map)
Date: May 21st, 2013
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Meeting Announcement Flyer
** Wear rugged clothing & footwear for the walk.
** In event of inclement weather (heavy rain, thunderstorms), please contact us (see above flyer for contact information). In the event of cancelation, we will post an update to this webpage.
Photos of the Sherwood Stream Walk will be available in our Photo Gallery.
View Sherwood Forest Stream Walk in a larger map
View Sherwood Stream Restoration Walk
Click the button to start the slideshow. To view descriptions of the photos, start the slideshow and enter fullscreen mode by clicking the button. Then click the "Show Info" link at the upper right corner of the screen.
It takes some time to update all the documents and materials as we make design changes. Please check back regularly for updates over the next several weeks, and donít hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
100% Final Design Plan (May 2012)
95% Design Plan (Febrary 2012)
85% Design Plan (October 2011)