Reducing stormwater is an essential step toward increasing the health of the creek and the plants and animals who inhabit it.

The Stormwater Committee works on projects that slow down and clean stormwater runoff before it reaches our Creek. We educate the community about the effects of uncontrolled stormwater on Sligo Creek, how to capture it, and what people can do to reduce it in order to improve the creek’s health. We advocate for effective and sustainable stormwater management on the municipal, county, and state levels.

What is stormwater runoff?

Uncontrolled stormwater causes flooding, erosion, and carries pollution into Sligo Creek. Rain that falls on natural, grassy, or planted areas soaks into the ground. Rain that falls on hard surfaces like roads, roofs, and parking lots becomes stormwater runoff that carries litter, sediment, pet waste, motor oil, antifreeze and other chemicals and pollutants into the stream. Stormwater runoff causes flooding and erosion to the creek and surrounding areas.

What can we do about stormwater?

Slowing down and reducing stormwater can be done using various techniques and materials, depending on the size and nature of the problem, the location and the budget. Take a look at the Stormwater Resources page for some of the many steps you can take in your residential neighborhood and at the Larger Stormwater Projects page for examples of projects around Sligo Creek that FOSC has been involved with.

We are one of the many groups in the Stormwater Partners Network working together for clean water in Montgomery County.

Montgomery Parks is working to slow down stormwater along Sligo Creek with several stream restoration projects. Read about them at the Parks’ Stream Stormwater Management and Stream Restoration websites.

Join the Stormwater Committee

Stormwater Committee volunteers work around the Sligo watershed to help schools, neighborhoods and parks manage their stormwater more effectively. We teach communities and politicians about stormwater issues and promote more effective stormwater policies. The Committee meets about once a quarter via online conference.

To volunteer with the Stormwater committee, get in touch through the Contact form or, if you plan to join FOSC, through the Join FOSC form.