(*affiliated with the Montgomery County Stormwater Partners Network)
IMPORTANT: If you are an organization, please forward this Action Alert and attachments to your members. If you are an individual, please forward to friends, family, etc.
We request that you show your support for clean water in Montgomery County through our Stop Sewer Sprawl effort.
WHAT: attend a County Council meeting for the new Ten-Year Water & Sewer Plan.
WHY: Sewer Sprawl Threatens the Ag Reserve and Our Clean Streams
WHEN: 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, but best to be there by 9:00 or earlier since they could rearrange the schedule
WHERE: Council Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850 – this is the County Council building in downtown Rockville; there is a parking garage in the rear
Suggested hand-held signs to bring (8 1/2 x 11 inches max):
"Sewer Sprawl = Less Clean Water for All"
"Stop Sewer Sprawl"
"Friends Don't Let Friends Hook up to Sewers"
"Don't Sewer Us"
*** Sample email ***
Subject: Stop Sewer Sprawl
I am outraged that the County wants to push sewer pipes into low density areas which will threaten our clean streams. WSSC spilled more than 9 million gallons of raw sewage into streams in the last 3 calendar years including local streams in Montgomery County.
Do not allow sewer lines to sprawl into our long protected low density and rural areas. You must accept the Water & Sewer Plan language proposed by the Montgomery Coalition to Stop Sewer Sprawl.
At this Tuesday's worksession (2/27), Councilmembers must make these crucial edits to the Water and Sewer Plan:
(1) Base the septic area surveys and decisions on preventing, documenting, and addressing actual and imminent public health hazards.
(2) County (DPS and DEP) must begin immediately to educate property owners on septic systems to support effective long-term maintenance of on-site systems.
Unlike some special interest groups who have provided comments, my only special interest is to protect our water for ALL residents of Montgomery County – I don’t seek special concessions for the financial benefit of just a few individuals.
Our clean water matters!
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