Home » Green Blog » Currently Reading:

Monitoring Water Quality in Your Backyard

October 9, 2011 Green Blog 1 Comment

 

Muddy Branch Stream Cleanup

 

Gaithersburg, MD

October 9, 2011

By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin

Rainfall brings essential nutrients to trees, plants and yards but excess storm waters flow into drains and then into the Muddy Branch tributary stream here in Gaithersburg.

This excess water contains pesticides, phosphates, construction materials and whatever else is out there on the roads, sidewalks and yards.

These waters eventually flow into the Potomac River and then into the Chesapeake Bay, where large areas of algae have created dead zones. Dead zones are areas of water that have little or no marine life.

A new non-profit called the Muddy Branch Alliance was founded last spring in Gaithersburg, Md. It’s main focus is water quality and its effects. The Muddy Branch Alliance is actively engaging communities and individuals to start thinking about water quality.

Founder Paul Hlavinka, an electrical engineer, elevated his concern for the environment into his mission when he started this organization.

“It didn’t take long to get other people interested in water quality issues,” says Hlavinka . “I called a few people in Gaithersburg, such as the Scale it Back organization and members of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and found 27 people at the first Muddy Branch Alliance meeting.”

The Muddy Branch Alliance has teamed up with the City of Gaithersburg and the Izaak Walton League to provide a free water monitoring workshop on November 12 for people interested in testing local water quality. The Izaak Walton league is known for its water quality training programs.

According to Hlavinka, water monitoring will be performed twice a year. If potential illicite discharges are identified, they can be reported  to Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. If trends are found then Gaithersburg City Planning, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, as well as Montgomery County Parks Department can be notified so that they can consider restoration efforts.

“If we find that stated impacts by developers are not being met, we can notify the developer and the Montgomery County of Environmental Protection for a plan to do better”, says Hlavinka.

The Muddy Branch Alliance offers a variety of other programs too, such as organized stream cleanups and landscape workshops to minimize run-off.

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Here at the Chesapeake Bay Trust we are very proud to have the Muddy Branch Alliance as our October Organization of the Month! http://www.cbtrust.org/site/c.miJPKXPCJnH/b.54577

Comment on this Article:







Facebook Forum

Advertisement space available

 
 
 

Meatless Monday Recipes

Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash Soup with Sage and Parmesan Croutons

19 Nov 2013

A good friend, Denise Clark, sent in this vegetarian seasonal recipe.   1 3 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1″ cubes (5-6 cups) 2 tablespoons of olive oil 2 teaspoons of  kosher salt Pinch of freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon butter 1 large onion, diced 1 tablespoon …

(No Comments)

Meatless Monday Butternut Squash Ravioli

4 Nov 2013

From Chef John at allrecipes.com Ingredients  Original recipe makes 6 servings 1 cup mashed, cooked butternut squash 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 pinch cayenne pepper 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese 1 egg yolk 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 (16 ounce) package round wonton wrappers 2 …

(No Comments)

Meatless Monday Proclaimed by Montgomery County Council

22 Jul 2013

July 22, 2013 Gaithersburg, Md By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin I was so pleased to find out that Montgomery County Council has officially endorsed Meatless Mondays, a nationwide effort to choose more plant-based foods. For more information about this news read Compassion Over Killing’s website.  Also, Naomi Bloch sent in a Meatless …

(No Comments)

Meatless Monday Recipe- Roasted Cauliflower

17 Jun 2013

  This recipe sounds delicious and I am going to try it tonight because I have a cauliflower sitting in my fridge and I need to cook it! Will let you know what it tastes like!- Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin Recipe is from BonApetit Ingredients Roasted Cauliflower 2 1/2 cups dry white …

(No Comments)

Meatless Mondays-Caramelized Onion Tart

20 May 2013

Here is a vegetarian recipe for an Onion tart. I just read up and now understand that a tart is made in ribbed dish, the bottom part of the pan can come out, and the tart can be all sorts of shapes vs. a quiche is in round pie dish… …

(No Comments)

Available Grants and Scholarships