Tag Archives: Sligo Creek

Hey Maryland Residents: Want Free Trees?

  This week I’m posting a note/guest post from Aubin Maynard, an environmental planner at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.   How would you like 5 to 25 tree seedlings at no cost to you through the Maryland Forest Service’s Backyard Buffer program? This program was created to help landowners that own less than 6 acres Read More →

Here’s Hoping #OptOutside Becomes a Tradition, Too

The national retailer of outdoor equipment REI made headlines earlier this year when it announced that its stores would remain closed on both Thanksgiving AND the day after, known  in the US as “Black Friday.” I’ve long been against the idea of any store opening on Thanksgiving. The holiday used to stand out as the one day of Read More →

Bills About Sewage Proposed

Sewage is a huge problem throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.  In some places, septic systems fail.  In others, its a matter of having stormwater systems which date to the Civil War era coupled with pipes leading to sewage treatment plants. For my own area, the issue is one of aging infrastructure.  Pipes which were installed Read More →

Keeping Your Eyes on the Creek

What an odd non-winter we had. I missed the snow, and the recharge it usually brings my spirit. My garden never got the re-charge either –although some plants died back completely in September, others just kept on going as if we were now gardening in California. My rosemary, for example, has been blooming nonstop since Read More →

Find the Connection Between Sligo and Northwood Chesapeake Bay Trail

Over the winter, I wrote an article about the new link between the Northwest Branch and Sligo Creek via a new section of Northwood Chesapeake Bay Trail in the Breewood neighborhood of Montgomery County, Maryland.   (I’m not sure why I never posted it here…things got a bit crazy this winter!… but you can read Read More →

More Visions Needed for MNCPPC’s Vision 2030

My good friend and fellow MoCo environmentalist Kit Gage recently let me know that she’d contacted the people at our local parks department to let them know her thoughts about the Vision 2030 plan they’d drafted after reading an email I’d circulated on the topic. Kit’s own email on the topic was so good I Read More →

Sligo Creek’s Flood waters surpass the gauge mark

Last week another tremendous storm ripped its way through our region, leaving in its wake a barrage of downed branches and flooded streets, yards and basements. Clair Garman, who maintains the Friends of Sligo Creek website, noted that the flow rate where the gauge sits just above Maple Avenue in Takoma Park went from the Read More →

Testing the Waters of the Sligo with Mike Smith

  (This is the second installment of a two part series that originally ran in the March 2009 edition of the Voice newspapers of Takoma Park and Silver Spring.) People are often surprised to find out that Friends of Sligo Creek volunteer Mike Smith is not a biologist or a chemist. In fact, he’s a Read More →