Neighbors remove litter from the NW Branch spring and fall, improving its health and restoring its beauty. Transparent bags hold recyclables.
The NNWB participates in the Montgomery County Parks Dept. Weed Warrior Program to remove non-native invasive plants and replace non-native with native plants.
As one of the teams of the ANS stream monitoring program we assemble during each season of the year to collect and identify what lives on the bottom of the NW Branch. What we find indicates how healthy the stream is, by determining how well it can support a variety of invertebrates.
Many actions of the Planning Board, the Parks Dept., county and state regulatory bodies, and county councils (Montgomery and Prince George's) affect the Northwest Branch and overall water quality. As appropriate, we weigh in, alert others to the threats, and urge action.
We hold educational meetings roughly 4 times a year, encourage participation in events sponsored by others, sponsor educational hikes, and spread the message of stream protection by tabling at related events and presenting at neighborhood meetings.
The key to reducing the surge of water into the NW Branch is to infiltrate much of it. We encourage conservation landscaping and participate in building it when possible.