NWB Cleanup on Lamberton Tributary
September 29, Sunday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Leader: Laura Turbe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Park along Lamberton Drive, Silver Spring, near the dead end. Wear long sleeves, long pants, shoes that can get muddy, and bring water if you need it. Bags and gloves will be provided. This site has steep slopes. What you remove here won't wind up in the NWB!
NWB Stream Cleanup at W. Hyattsville Metro
October 5, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- noon
Leader: Maurie Kathan, email@example.com
Wear long sleeves and pants,and shoes that can get muddy. Bring water if you need it. Parking is available in the Metro lot, once again free on Saturdays. Walk through the gate at the back of the lot down to the NW Branch Trail where Maurie is waiting for you.
NWB Cleanup at Burnt Mills
(Colesville Rd. and the NWB)
October 5, Saturday, 9:30-11:30
Leader: Larry Hush, firstname.lastname@example.org
Long sleeves, long pants, and water are again the order of the day, and those shoes that are still muddy from your last cleanup. Find Larry with the bags and gloves and sign-in in the parking lot on the downstream side of Colesville Rd.
Speaker: Charles Kines, AICP, CPRP, Park Planning Coordinator
Tuesday, October 1, 7:30-9:15 p.m.
White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring
Mr. Kines has worked for M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks for 10+ years. Before that, he was a transportation planner in the Planning Department for 6 1/2 years. Over the course of 20 years in the planning profession, he has worked as a community planner, bikeways planner, natural resources planner, trail planner and park planner.
All are invited.
The NNWB August meeting included reports on the beltway-I-270 expansion plan and a proposal to build a new middle school in the NWB floodplain in Hyattsville, both using Public-Private Partnerships (P3). We also discussed the Montgomery Parks pilot project to allow certain mechanized bikes and scooters on paved park trails and NNWB plans and speakers for the fall.
FEATURED SPEAKER Tiffany Boone-Hines, a Montgomery Blair High School student, spoke about her participation in One Montgomery Green's Clean Headwaters Program and what she has learned about the impact of plastics waste in marine environments through her hands-on study of the Northwest Branch and its tributaries.
Overall, plastic micro- and macro-pollution in waterways is a huge problem, and the Northwest Branch has its share of plastic waste. The team, using a sieve to isolate particles which they then viewed under a microscope, found tiny bits of plastic foam and synthetic fibers. Rather than rely on recycling plastics, we must reduce our use in the first place. It appears that our removal of all those plastic bottles and cups from the NWB has been beneficial, however, as the amount of particles in the water was not overwhelming. The slides from Tiffany's presentation can be viewed below.
One Montgomery Green is a local nonprofit fostering partnerships to support environmental sustainability and promote the development of a green economy.
Tiffany makes her case. Laura Barnitz, NNWB board member and Operations Manager of OneMontgomeryGreen works the slides. Photo by Anne Ambler
Jennifer came down from Burtonsville to help out!
All set up and ready to go!
Kemp Mill Rd. site: NNWB teamed up with One Montgomery Green. 14 workers collected 12 bags of trash, 5 of recyclables.
Most of the group, all smiles, bags in hand, ready to set out. Photo by leader Frank Sprtel..
The group prepares to skirt the field to the trailhead. Photo by Trey Sherard.
NNWB participated in the Festival del Rio Anacostia on Saturday, October 13. Held at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, the festival was a great opportunity for NNWB to connect with residents of PG County, Montgomery Co, and DC about the work we do in the Anacostia watershed.
Many stopped by to learn more how protecting the Northwest Branch is critical to the health of the Anacostia River and the adjoining communities. Laura Turbe, board member of NNWB, signed "passports" for participants proving they came to the table.
On October 13 also, White Oak Middle School students set off to beautify the Northwest Branch at Burnt Mills by removing trash and recyclables.
Many thanks to the students at White Oak Middle School for their help Oct. 13 cleaning up the stream valley at Burnt Mills. Thanks also to their leader and photographer, David Field! (Photos by Mr. Field)
October 3, 2018: A crowd of more than 20 residents heard from Ryan Butler, Principal Natural Resources Specialist at Montgomery County Parks, about deer impacts on our parks and on people. He outlined current and ongoing deer population management projects near the Northwest Branch Stream Valley and said that Northwest Branch Stream Valley Unit #4 and Sligo Creek Stream Valley Unit #5 will soon be added to Park Police-based sharpshooting operations. He stressed that before a shot is fired, the sharpshooter must track where the bullet will land and ensure there is a backstop. Participants raised the question of birth control rather than culling. This is not deemed currently feasible for such a mobile and unconstrained population. Park police telephone numbers to keep handy:
Emergencies - 301-949-3010.
Non-emergencies, i.e., to report a wounded deer, 301-949-8010.
July 1, 2018: An enthusiastic team of five volunteers led by board member Maurie Kathan removed 9 bags of trash and 8 of recyclables from the stream and banks of the NW Branch behind the Metro station. Many thanks to those who braved the very warm morning to improve the health and beauty of the Northwest Branch!
Chris Lewis, Professional Horticulturist and manager of the garden shop at Behnkes, showed pictures and discussed the attributes of plants that do well in soggy sites.
A group of 13 explored the Underground Railroad within a remaining patch of woods along the NWB, concluding with a visit to the Sandy Spring African American Slave Museum and Art Gallery.
Ann English, Rainscapes Planner for Montgomery County spoke to our group of about how to turn yards into sponges to reduce polluted runoff into our streams, and how to tap into the county's program of rebates that help offset some of the cost.
A group of over 20 participants were treated to a sight-sound match of birds and their songs, along with interesting information about the birds' habits and talents. Many of these birds are ones we can expect to see on our outdoor bird walk April 7, 9 a.m., Burnt Mills dam.