Advocacy

We Neighbors of the Northwest Branch are concerned about the entire Northwest Branch and its effect on recovery of the Anacostia River into which it flows.  We were therefore alarmed to learn of plans in Hyattsville to build townhouses and then a school in the floodplain.   NNWB provided testimony for the Prince George's County Planning Board opposing construction of the 40 townhouses in the NWB floodplain in Hyattsville, and also wrote to the Prince George's County Council in opposition to an amendment that would enable construction of houses in areas zoned for open space in the NWB watershed.

  With respect to the Hyattsville Middle School reconstruction, we wrote to the Hyattsville Mayor, the City Council Members, and the Capital Improvement Program Officer for schools urging that they not choose Magruder Park on the banks of the NWB as the site for a new school, and certainly not by destroying a forested part to do it. Our testimonies and letters are below.  

NNWB letter re Magruder PointeDownload
NNWB Ltr to PG CC Opposing CR 17-2019Download
Hyattsville MS site selection_Mayor HollingsworthDownload

In the 2019 Maryland General Assembly NNWB provided testimony in support of three issues: the statewide ban on EPS foam for food use; the prohibition of state funds for synthetic turf playgrounds and fields; and the plan to expand the beltway and I-270 using public-private partnerships (P3).  NNWB also wrote to the three members of the Board of Public Works in opposition to proceeding with P3 contracts to expand the beltway and I-270 without benefit of a completed environmental assessment.  


Neighbors of the NW Branch HB109 testimony_supportDownload
NNWB testimony HB1118 syn turf 2019RevDownload
NNWB testimony HB1091 P3 reformDownload
NNWB ltr to Compt Franchot re BPW vote_beltway I270 expansionDownload

The County Executive's proposal for the Montgomery County CIP for FY19 and beyond cut back the county's stormwater management program by more than 70% and changed the procurement process to a design-build-maintain model.  This would leave huge stranded costs, as many abandoned projects were already partially designed.  NNWB joined the Stormwater Partners in protesting these cuts.

CIP stormwater program concernDownload

In the 2018 Maryland General Assembly, we supported a ban on use and sale of expanded polystyrene (foam) food service products and a ban on use of state funds for synthetic playground and athletic field surfaces.  See testimonies at buttons below. House and Senate testimonies are almost identical but for the bills numbers,  committees, and lead sponsors.

NNWB HB0538 foam ban testimonyDownload
NNWB testimony SB 763 syn turfDownload

In earlier years we strongly supported saving Ten Mile Creek and applying a fee to carryout bags in Montgomery County to reduce plastic litter on our streets and in our streams.  We criticized a poorly done "study" of synthetic turf and supported a cosmetic pesticide ban and a Montgomery County expanded polystyrene ban. See letters and testimonies at buttons below.

PesticideBillTestimony201501Download
TestimonyPolystyreneFoamBan20141014Download
TenMileCreekLtr20140113-1Download
NNWB support for MC bag billDownload
NNWBCommentsTurf justification studyDownload