"Like life, liberty and democracy, clean water is not something we can take for granted."
Various studies and reports relating to regional water availability and storage were cited during the forum. To be clear, MCA and partners acknowledge these ongoing efforts but stress the imperative to coordinate via inter-jurisdiction and interagency our efforts to maintain and protect our regional water supplies, both quantity and quality.
The ICPRB has released the following report on water supply alternatives:
"To my knowledge there are not people sitting down and saying 'ok lets make a plan for the next 50 years'."
Speaking for many in the audience, Caroline replies, "Uh-Oh".
- "To what degree are the issues of water quantity and quality solvable by man made engineering? What other strategies are needed?"
- "What current efforts are either in place or could be implemented for more effective water conservation in the County?"
- "Do we need a water "czar" with responsibility for oversight of WSSC and all other water resources?"
- "Cleaning up Watts Branch could be an alternative to the proposed new mid-river intake. Why is this not be studied by WSSC and planners instead of putting the last straw in the middle of the Potomac?"
- "Am concerned about sewer lines that border Little Seneca Creek/Lake. In the summer, these pipes smell, so clearly that are not secure enough. This is a threat to the recreation and water distribution goals of this facility."
The forum concluded with short statements from the candidates for Montgomery County Executive - Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, Robin Ficker and George Leventhal. Each expressed firm commitment to promoting protection of our water resources.
While we were disappointed that the various agencies were not engaged in updating the regional water plan, we were nonetheless heartened at the expressed desire of the panelists to collaborate moving forward. We look at this as glass half full and opportunity to plan more wisely, together.
We've seen what citizens can achieve just recently with the success in providing improved protection of Ten Mile Creek and Little Seneca Reservoir. We will be calling on you in the months ahead to make your voices heard to support of collaborative planning, conservation and collaboration. We've got this.
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Creek Watershed Partners, Muddy Branch Alliance, Watts Branch Watershed Alliance,
Potomac Conservancy, Conservation Montgomery, and Audubon Naturalist Society! The event was also supported by the Montgomery County Green Democrats and Indivisible Montgomery.