Last night, Sustainable Maryland hosted a "Stormwater Management Summit for Homeowners" at Brookside Gardens, to provide an overview of what exactly stormwater management consists of, best practices, available programs, and to introduce local groups focused on the issue. The goal is to reduce and improve the environmental impact of rain (and melting snow) that makes its way from our rooftops, driveways, sidewalks and other impervious areas out to storm drains, to our local streams and creeks, and eventually to the Bay.
In the coming weeks, members of the Wheaton Hills Civic Association (WHCA) and Sustainable Maryland will meet to review information and data and discuss issues and concerns regarding stormwater and runoff in the community. Sustainable Maryland will then conduct observations and research to validate findings and provide a report on the current status and, most importantly, recommendations on improving runoff in the neighborhood.
WHCA will then host a neighborhood meeting, likely in the Fall, to share the findings and recommendations with everyone, including our local elected and county officials.
Stay tuned for more on this not-exactly-thrilling but vitally important subject.