DEP Home : Water : Glen Hills Area Sanitary Study
For questions about this project, contact DEP:
The Department of Environmental Protection is engaged in a study of the sustainability of septic systems (referred to collectively as “on-site systems”) in the Glen Hills area southwest of Rockville. DEP is conducting this study with input and guidance from the community, a consulting engineer and other county agencies. The 2002 Potomac Subregion Master Plan recommended this study in order to evaluate long-term sustainable wastewater disposal policies for these neighborhoods. The majority of existing homes in the study area use wells and septic systems for their water supply and wastewater disposal. These houses were built mostly in the 1950s to 1970s, before the advent of current well and septic system testing and permitting requirements. Historically, some of these systems have failed due to original system design or site limitations. In some cases the septic systems were replaced with more modern designs or sewer service was extended to address these failures. The intent of Phase 1 of this study was to determine the present status of septic systems in Glen Hills and to evaluate the potential sustainability of the existing septic systems in the study area. DEP presented the results of Phase 1 of the study to the public on June 12, 2012.
Note (11/19/2012): In light of ongoing public comment on the Glen Hills Area Phase 1 Report, DEP has temporarily removed the report from this site pending revisions. DEP will post the revised report as soon as possible.
Phase 2 of the study will look at those parts of the study area where Phase 1 found conditions that could limit the long-term use of the existing septic systems and limit the replacement of these systems in the future. Phase 2 will evaluate options for using conventional or innovative septic system technologies or public sewer service to ensure the sustainability of the neighborhood’s wastewater disposal needs. DEP initiated work on Phase 2 in August 2012 and is expected to conclude the study following a public meeting in mid-January 2013. Use this link to see a more-detailed scope of work for phase 2 of the study.
Together, the results of the two phases of this study will provide the County Council with an evaluation of the suitability of septic systems in the Glen Hills Area and options that may need to be available to promote the sustainability of this community.
May 2, 2013
Comments period extension: DEP has extended the comment period for the April 18, 2013, public meeting from May 3rd to Friday, May 10, 2013.
Public meeting presentation: Click here to see a copy of the slideshow presented by DEP and AMT at the public meeting held on April 18, 2013.
April 17, 2013
Please refer to the March 22nd and 29th updates below for additional information.
A limited number of printed copies of the reports will be available at the meeting. Additional copies may be requested from DEP. Following the public meeting, DEP will continue to accept comments on both the updated Phase 1 and draft Phase 2 reports through Friday, May 3, 2013.
March 29, 2013
Related to the March 22nd update below concerning the next Glen Hills Study public meeting, the following documents are available for public review and comment:
Note that both of these reports include annotations based on comments received from Glen Hills Study Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) members. CAC members’ contributions towards the study effort are greatly appreciated.
March 22, 2013
TO: PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE GLEN HILLS AREA AND NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODSFROM: Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
SUBJECT: Public Meeting to Present the Glen Hills Area Sanitary Study Draft Phase 2 ReportDATE/TIME: Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.LOCATION: Robert Frost Middle School Cafeteria, 9201 Scott Drive, Rockville
The Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites you to attend a public meeting on the draft Phase 2 report for the County’s study of septic system use in and around the Glen Hills area of Rockville. Phase 1 of the study evaluated existing conditions in the study area potentially affecting the long-term use of deep-trench septic systems as replacements for existing systems that may fail in the future. Phase 2 reviews possible alternatives to deep-trench septic systems, including other types of septic systems and the provision of public sewer service. The study is intended to provide information to help the County Council establish suitable, effective, long-term wastewater disposal policies for these neighborhoods, as recommended in the 2002 Potomac Subregion Master Plan.
DEP expects to post the draft report to this webpage by March 29, 2013. An updated version of the Phase 1 report will also be posted. If you have questions on the upcoming meeting, please contact DEP at via the County’s “311” information line (out-of-county call 240-777-0311) or at firstname.lastname@example.org. DEP will also post information on the meeting and the study’s progress to this webpage.
March 11, 2013
CAC members: This is the second link you will need for the meeting on March 18th.
March 4, 2013
CAC members: This is the first link you will need for the meeting on March 18th.
February 26, 2013
The next meeting of the Glen Hills Study Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) has been set for Monday, March 18, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in DEP’s offices on the first floor at 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, in Rockville. The meeting is open to both the CAC members and the public. The upcoming meeting will include:
DEP is also planning a public meeting during the week of April 15th to present the Phase 2 report to the community. DEP will post the draft report for review on this webpage two weeks in advance of the meeting date. In addition to notices and schedules posted here, community residents and property owners will receive a mailed notice of the report posting and the public meeting.
December 13, 2012
The next meeting of the Glen Hills Study Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) has been set for Monday, December 17, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in DEP’s offices on the first floor at 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, in Rockville. The meeting is open to both the CAC members and the public. This month’s meeting will include continued discussion of Phase 2 of the study and of the upcoming public meeting in mid-January. *If you have any questions or need more information please e-mail DEP at email@example.com.
(*The meeting anticipated for January was postponed; please refer to the Feb. 26, 2013 update above for more information.)
November 16, 2012
The next meeting of the Glen Hills Study Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) has been set for Monday, November 19, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in DEP’s offices on the first floor at 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, Rockville. The meeting is open to both the CAC members and the public. This month’s meeting will include a continuing discussion on Phase 2 of the project, looking at both on-site septic and public sewer options for the designated Areas of Interest from Phase 1. Weekday evening parking is free in the garage at 255 Rockville Pike.
Also note that the webpage introduction has been updated and now includes a link to the scope of work for Phase 2 of the study.
October 12, 2012
CORRECTION!The next meeting of the Glen Hills CAC will occur on Monday, October 15, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., not July 9, 2012, as noted previously.
October 10, 2012
The next meeting of the Glen Hills Study Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) has been set for Monday, July 9, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in DEP’s offices on the first floor at 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, Rockville. The meeting is open to both the CAC members and the public. This month’s meeting will include discussions on scheduling and progress on Phase 2 of the project. Weekday evening parking is free in the garage at 255 Rockville Pike.
September 4, 2012
July 6, 2012 - CAC Meeting NoticeThe next meeting of the Glen Hills Study Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) has been set for Monday, July 9, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in DEP’s offices on the first floor at 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, Rockville. The meeting is open to both the CAC members and the public. This month’s meeting will include discussions on plans for the Phase 1 Final Report and plans for work on Phase 2 of the project. Weekday evening parking is free in the garage at 255 Rockville Pike.
June 7, 2012Please review the contractor’s draft Phase 1 report for the Glen Hills Area.(Note: The preceding link has been removed; this draft version of the Phase 1 report is outdated.) The draft report is provided here in order to solicit public comment on its process and findings. This draft report is still undergoing review by DEP staff; it is not a final document. Addressing public comments on the draft report is part of that review process. DEP will accept public comments on the draft report from now until the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.County staff and representatives of the County’s contractor will be available at the public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 12th (see the May 31st update below) to present and discuss the report. If you want to comment on the draft report, you are welcome to do so either at the upcoming public meeting, by e-mailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mailing your comments to:
DEP-WWPGAttn: Alan Soukup255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120Rockville MD 20850-4166May 31, 2012
Public Meeting Notice: DEP has scheduled a second public meeting for the Glen Hills Area Sanitary Study for Tuesday evening, June 12, 2012, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria of Robert Frost Middle School at 9201 Scott Drive, Rockville. The meeting will serve to present and receive feedback on the Phase 1 draft report developed by DEP and its contractor. The Phase 1 draft report will be posted as a link to this webpage during the week of June 4, 2012, to allow for review prior to the meeting on June 12th by property owners and other interested individuals.
May 3, 2012
The next meeting of the Glen Hills Study Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) has been set for Monday, May 7, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in DEP’s offices at 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, Rockville. The meeting is open to both the CAC members and the public. This month’s meeting will include a presentation from the study contractor on the progress of data collection from a variety of sources and pending data analysis. Weekday evening parking is free in the garage at 255 Rockville Pike.
March 29, 2012
DEP has updated the Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC) membership list. Please refer to the Public Meetings and the Citizens Advisory Committee section below for a link to the updated listing.
Map of study area.
DEP will conduct the study in two phases. Phase 1 will involve:•The collection of information about wells and septic systems in the study area;•The identification of sensitive environmental features in the study area;•A review of local conditions affecting well and septic system suitability such as soils, topography, and drainage patterns; and•An evaluation of these conditions to understand where on-site systems are likely to have reasonable longevity and where those systems are likely to encounter problems in the long term.
Phase 2 (if deemed needed) will continue the evaluation process to look at possible remedies for areas of the neighborhoods where on-site systems are either failing or are not likely to provide long-term service to existing residents. The remedies that will be evaluated will be the use of innovative and alternative septic system technologies and the feasibility of the extension of public water and/or sewer service.
We expect to conclude Phase I of the study by the end of June 2012. Phase 2 (if needed) is expected to conclude in October 2012. Following the conclusion of this study, DEP will present the study results to the community and the County Council for their consideration and recommendations as to policies needed to address the water supply and wastewater disposal needs of the community.
DEP has planned to conduct a minimum of three community meetings associated with this study. We have also formed a Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to meet once each month during the study process.
Citizens’ Advisory Committee
DEP staff have selected members for the Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) from over 30 volunteers; please click to see a list of the CAC members. We appreciate the strong showing of interest for the CAC.
The CAC will meet on the first Monday of each month in the evening, starting with Monday, April 2, 2012. The meeting will be held in the DEP large conference room starting at 7:30 p.m. and wrap up by 9:00 p.m. DEP’s offices are located at Suite 120, 255 Rockville Pike, Rockville. CAC meetings are open to the public, not just to the CAC members. While the discussion among DEP staff and the CAC members is the focus of the meeting, we will—as time allows—open the floor towards the end of the meeting to questions and comments from the audience. DEP will provide a notice for and a summary of each CAC meeting on this webpage.
The next meeting of the CAC is scheduled for Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Please see the webpage update section near the top of this page for more information. You may also contact DEP staff about the meeting at 240-777-7716 or at email@example.com.
The first of the three planned public meetings was held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. The meeting will be held at Lakewood Elementary School at 2534 Lindley Terrace , Rockville. We will shortly post a summary of this meeting; please check back.
DEP will schedule the second public meeting for the Glen Hills Area Study for early June. This meeting will provide an opportunity for comments and input on the public draft Phase 1 report before it is presented to the County Executive and the County Council. A copy of the report will be posted to this webpage one week in advance of the meeting. Details on the meeting date, time, and location will also be posted to this webpage.
DEP will reach out to residents and property owners in the study area, including:• Glen Hills• Glen Hills Club Estates• North Glen Hills• Potomac Highlands• Portions of Glen Park• Portions of Hollinridge• Portions of Lakewood Estates• Portions of Lakewood Glen
DEP will conduct the study in conjunction with the following contractor and agencies:• A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc. - Consulting Engineer hired by DEP• Department of Permitting Services• Maryland – National Capital Parka and Planning Commission• Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Phase II only)
DEP will send a survey to all property owners in the study area requesting their feedback on the history and condition of on-site wells and septic systems. We hope to receive these postage paid surveys back in a timely manner to assist us in our evaluation of the community.
DEP will also request participation from residents and civic association representatives in a Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC will meet regularly with DEP staff to review and comment on the ongoing progress and results of the study.
In response to requests made for information on septic system maintenance at the public meeting on February 21, 2012, we have added a link to the Septic Records and Maintenance Guidelines document available in print format from the Dept. of Permitting Services, Well and Septic Section. For additional general information on well and septic systems, please use the Quick Link at the right for the DEP Private Wells and Septic Systems webpage.
DEP will provide periodic updates on this webpage about issues such as the progress of the study, dates for returning property owner surveys, and public meetings. Please let DEP know what additional information you would find helpful to have on this webpage. (See the contact information, below.)
If you have questions for DEP staff about the Glen Hills Area Sanitary Study, please contact DEP at either 311 (240-777-0311 outside the county) or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Project Manager for this project at DEP is Alan Soukup.