Upcoming Events


Winter - Spring 2020 Meetings, White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., 7:30 - 9 p.m. Join us!

  • February 4: Plastic pollution. Dr. Kathleen Michels, neuroscientist, will discuss the effects of microplastics (plastic bits less than 5 mm long) on fish and sea birds, and synthetic turf as one source, both when used and when discarded. Microplastics have been found in Anacostia River fish and tributary sediments. She will also discuss bills in the Maryland General Assembly aiming to reduce plastic bags, helium balloons, plastic straws, and synthetic turf.  This program previews the 2/18 presentation by marine ecologist and environmental toxicologist Jesse Meiller hosted by our sister organization Friends of Sligo Creek.  Please join us! But if you have a conflict, consider attending the FOSC meeting.  Either way, you will be thoroughly educated on the harm plastics are doing to us and to other inhabitants of our planet.  
  • March 3: Board election and TBD
  • April 7: Agenda TBD
  • May 5: Agenda TBD
  • June 2: Agenda TBD

Everyone interested in improving the health of the Northwest Branch is invited! 

Stream cleanups

Sunday, March 29, 10:00 - Noon

Lamberton Tributary

Meet near the end of Lamberton Drive.

Leader: Laura Turbe, president@neighborsnwb.org

This cleanup is joint with Kemp Mill Citizens Assn.

Rain date April 5

Saturday, April 25, 9:30-11:30

Burnt Mills Park East (downstream side of Colesville Rd.)

Leader: Larry Hush, lwhush@yahoo.com

For all cleanups, be sure to wear long pants and sleeves, shoes that can get muddy, and bring your reusable water bottle of water.  Bags and gloves will be provided. Greet the spring by joining neighbors to remove whatever has accumulated over the winter and spruce up your park for the season! The birds and other wildlife will appreciate your removal of litter they could mistake for food.

Recent Event: Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan in the works

Chuck Kines, Montgomery County Parks Planner/Coordinator, updated us on the thinking behind the update of the Wheaton Park Master Plan. Although a regional park, Wheaton must also function as a local park, as it lies in a densely populated area.  His slide presentation, downloadable below, included maps and demographics.  The Parks Department is in the early stages of planning and welcomes input from park users.

WRP_MP_outreach presentation to community groups fall 2019 v2 (pdf)


Recent Event: 10/1/19 Program: Mechanized Bikes/Scooters


 Our  October 1 program featured Mr.  Charles Kines,  AICP, CPRP, Park  Planning Coordinator, who explained the Montgomery County pilot program  allowing mechanized bikes and scooters on paved park trails.  If you  missed the program, you can find information about it on the MoCo Parks  website at: Montgomery County's pilot program to allow mechanized bikes and scooters on paved park trails.  You can also find the slides from Mr. Kines' presentation  linked below. (Photo by Laura Turbe of a scooter abandoned beside Pine Lake in Wheaton Regional Park.)

Recent event: August 6 general meeting

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.


Recent Event: Impact of Plastics on the Northwest Branch


Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m.: Impact of Plastics on the Northwest Branch

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. 

Macro and Microplastics pollution- Tiffany Boone-Hines (pdf)


Recent event: Deer Management in Montgomery County

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. 

Recent Event: Stream Clean-Up at W. Hyattsville Metro

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! 

Recent Event: Raingarden Plants that Attract Pollinators and Birds

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.

Recent Event: Earth Day Stream Cleanups

NNWB sponsored three cleanup sites: Burnt Mills, Broad Acres Local Park, and the stretch of the NW Branch behind the W. Hyattsville Metro station.