The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) constructed a stream restoration project along lower Booze Creek between River Road and the Cabin John Parkway. The stream restoration project, originally identified as a top priority stream restoration project in the Cabin John Watershed Study (DEP 2004) is a 0.8 mile project focusing on establishing a stable stream channel, improving aquatic habitat, protecting water and sewer infrastructure, removing invasive vines and reforesting 3.5 acres of riparian buffer. DEP coordinated with Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) to address aging and exposed sewer lines in the lower reaches of the project.
Booze Creek, a tributary to Cabin John Creek, is a four square mile urban watershed. The land use is comprised of 94 percent residential and institutional development with six percent open land and forest fragmented throughout the watershed. The majority of upper Booze Creek is piped through a storm drain system or flows through concrete channels. The stream changes into a natural channel on the Holton Arms School property and continues flowing through a natural channel until the stream empties into Cabin John Creek below Cabin John Parkway.
Phase I Construction (Completed January 2013) - Upper stream reach begins near 7420 Helmsdale Road and continues downstream to 7300 Helmsdale Road.
Phase II Construction (Completed February 2012) - Lower stream reach near the 7300 Block of Helmsdale Road to the Cabin John Parkway.
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 reduce stormwater pollution.
Bannockburn Citizens Association Date: September 2, 2010 and March 3, 2011
Friends of Cabin John Creek Watershed Date: November 24, 2009
Montgomery County Planning Board Date: October 23, 2008 and May 20th 2010
Initial Project Design Public Meeting
Date: November 9, 2005
Celebrate the completion of the Lower Booze Creek stream restoration. The Rain Date is May 19.
Participants will learn about the design and construction process of this successful project, visit educational displays and participate in a fish sampling demonstration. DEP staff will also lead a field walk of the project, highlighting specific restoration techniques.
Residents will have the option of walking the length of the project with staff which may include walking on uneven, wet and possibly rocky terrain for approximately ¾ of a mile. Participants are asked to be prepared for outdoor field conditions including wearing appropriate footwear, preferably knee boots (no open-toed shoes), and be aware of possible exposure to wildlife, poison ivy, ticks, and other flying insects.
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