The panel will:
- Begin a conversation about the impacts of development and stormwater runoff on the public water supply;
- Address how we can make growth smart enough to protect the public water supply;
- Consider proactive strategies to protect and restore watersheds upstream from area water intakes that are within the purview of Montgomery County; and
- Discuss implications for costs of water treatment and future water rates.
Scott Fosler (MCA Board member) is the keynote speaker – Scott is the current mayor of Chevy Chase and, among other achievements, is a past member and president of the County Council, when he was instrumental in the plan for the Little Seneca Reservoir as part of a two-reservoir emergency backup water supply for the National Capital Region. The plan, which was developed in response to a major drought that occurred in the 1960s, and as an alternative to a plan by the US Army Corps of Engineers for 16 reservoirs, resulted in the 1982 Water Supply Coordination Agreement among area utilities and the ICPRB, which remains in effect. The panel will be moderated by Caroline Taylor, executive director of Montgomery Countryside Alliance. We are also inviting representatives from WSSC and the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin to join us on the panel.
Candidates for Montgomery County Council have been invited to provide comment on their plan for meeting the challenge of water resource protection.
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