Precipitation patterns have changed, bringing increasingly high volume and velocity rain events.
MCA has joined with Friends of Ten Mile Creek and partners to ask the County to embark in a more proactive water quality protection plan, including parkland acquisition, closing developer advantaged loopholes, and reforestation (like our Re-Leaf the Reserve Program).
There is currently a property proposed for development adjacent to parkland that drains into the Reservoir, called Linthicum West. MCA has joined with Friends of Ten Mile Creek and others to request that this property be considered for parkland acquisition to protect the Reservoir. Read the letter to parks department here with excerpts below.
On March 31, 2005, the Montgomery Planning Board approved a preliminary plan application (accepted 7/2/2004) for this property. Now, in August 2020, the property owner is preparing to submit the site plan application for 253 residential units and a proposed 90 acres of parkland dedication.
This property abuts existing parkland and drains into Cabin Branch and Little Seneca Reservoir. We do not believe that the proposed development would be in the public interest. Rather, we believe that it would be better for the water quality and health of Little Seneca Reservoir for the property to be acquired and stewarded as parkland. We stand ready to help identify ways to fund this land acquisition.