The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in collaboration with the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), is planning to
restore approximately 4,800 feet of the Hollywood Branch tributary to Paint Branch, from Midland Road down to Cannon Road. DEP plans to begin construction on the upper
Hollywood Branch stream restoration project spring/summer 2014 due to the permitting process.
Hollywood Branch has been degraded by years of uncontrolled storm flows which have impacted water quality and habitat for fish and other aquatic life. The County
plans to use various stream restoration techniques to stabilize eroded streambanks, improve floodplain access, restore stream 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.
DEP completed a watershed restoration study of the Lower Paint Branch including Hollywood Branch in February 2006. The study evaluated stream conditions and looked for
opportunities to improve stormwater management controls in the watershed and prioritized streams for restoration. MCDEP conducted two public meetings as part of the study
to obtain citizen comments regarding watershed conditions and restoration projects proposed in the study. MCDEP has also received citizen complaints regarding stream erosion
from residents on Anderson Street, Clifton Road, Rosmere Avenue, Chilton Drive and Downs Drive. In the study, Hollywood Branch was divided into three segments for analysis.
All three segments were ranked in the top eight stream restoration projects.
The State Highway Administration (SHA) is planning to restore the lower section of Hollywood Branch below Cannon Road to the confluence with the Paint Branch as part of
their environmental stewardship and mitigation for the InterCounty Connector(ICC). This SHA project summary provides more information about the project to restore the lower
half of Hollywood Branch. (PDF)
The project is in the 90% planning/design stage as of June 2013 and is planned to begin in spring/summer 2014. DEP was not able to finalize all project reviews
in time to begin construction in May 2013, which was the beginning of the 5-month time period allowed for construction work in the stream. Project permits are currently being
finalized and construction will occur according to the following estimated schedule:
DEP advertises the project for bid.
DEP finalizes a construction contract.
The contractor begins site set up for access, sediment controls, staging areas, and arranges delivery of rock to be installed in the stream.
Construction begins instream with two construction crews to work concurrently at different locations. All instream construction will be completed by September 30, 2014.
Hollywood Branch is designated as MD Use Class III stream so no in-stream work can occur from October 1st to April 30th during any year. This is to limit disturbance to
natural brown trout migration and spawning that occurs during this time of the year in the Paint Branch watershed.
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 County hosted the first public meeting for the Hollywood Branch stream restoration project at the Cannon Road Elementary School at 7:00 p.m. on December 9th,
2009. A Gazette article was written about the meeting. On November 17th, 2011, a
public hearing was held for mandatory referral with the Montgomery County Planning Board. The Planning Board provided approval for the Preliminary Forest Conservation
Plan. For more information on this approval and recommendation, see the Planning Board staff report. The County held a stream walk along the Hollywood Branch stream restoration project limits on May 16th 2012. See below for more details.
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 don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.