In 2009, Montgomery County selected the Breewood Tributary for watershed restoration in order to meet state requirements. Housing and commercial development from the 1950s had not incorporated the stormwater management practices commonly used today.
As a result, uncontrolled storm water flows caused massive erosion, exposed sewer lines, increased water pollution and fish blockages, and degraded the overall habitat.
The county completed its assessment of the tributary in 2011, created a design plan and held public meetings in 2012, finalized the designs in 2014, and completed the stream channel construction and plantings in 2015.
A series of rain gardens and bioswales along the neighborhood roads was completed in 2014. Finally, in 2017, the county completed large bioretention projects at the end of Breewood Road and in the parking lots of the Presbyterian church and University Towers. Since then, the plants in these installations have grown out, established effective root systems to absorb rain water, and matured into visually appealing arrays of plants. For more information, contact [email protected].
Montgomery County has news and photos of the Breewood Project on the MyGreenMontgomery.org website.
Author: Michael Wilpers, FOSC newsletter editor, August 2019