Save Maryland’s Ten Mile Creek from Excessive Development

MorrisvilleBridge TenMile Creek

Target: Montgomery County Executive Ike Legget

Goal: To protect Clarksburg, Maryland’s Ten Mile Creek from growing sprawl and consumption demands.

Ten Mile Creek is not only one of the few remaining streams within Montgomery County, but is also part of the drinking water supply for over three million people within the Washington D.C. region. Running just outside the boundaries of Clarksburg Town Center, this creek is also notably one of the healthiest waterways within the Chesapeake Watershed. Currently teeming with fish and other life, this entire waterway and the area surrounding it is being threatened by commercial and residential projects that could effectively clog and choke off Ten Mile Creek before it reaches the bay.

Despite much of the creek being included in a county-designated “Special Protection Area”, several new developments are being proposed that would threaten the waterway. This includes over 1,600 new homes and a massive county bus depot. Given that there is already an alternative site proposed for the bus depot, it makes little sense to continue even considering the use of a site that would cause potential harm to Ten Mile Creek.

The only way the preservation of Ten Mile Creek can be achieved is to drastically slow development in the watershed region as well as amend the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan in order to afford long-lasting protections for the creek and surrounding area. Should Ten Mile Creek become choked off and die out, it will have a lasting impact upon the entirety of the Chesapeake Watershed. Take the first step in moving the bus depot to its alternative site; it would set a tremendous precedent that could influence the moving of other developments in the region. Protect Ten Mile Creek now before it is too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Executive Legget,

Ten Mile Creek in Montgomery County, Maryland is one of the few remaining streams in the region not harmed by excessive development. Running just outside the boundaries of Clarksburg Town Center, this creek is also notably one of the healthiest waterways within the Chesapeake Watershed, leading to its significant importance as part of the drinking water supply for over three million people within the Washington D.C. area. Ten Mile Creek is also home to a bustling population of fish and other aquatic life, making it quite popular for trout fishing.

Unfortunately this entire waterway and the life within it are being threatened by commercial and residential projects that could effectively clog and choke off Ten Mile Creek before it reaches the bay. While much of the creek is included within a county-designated “Special Protection Area”, several new developments are still being proposed that would severely threaten the waterway, including the possible construction of over 1,600 new homes and a massive county bus depot. With an alternative site for this bus depot already proposed it makes little sense to be built in an area that could bring harm to such an important body of water.

The only way Ten Mile Creek can be properly cared for is to drastically slow development within the area surrounding Clarksburg as well as amend the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan in such a way as to offer long- lasting protection for the creek and surrounding area. Should Ten Mile Creek become choked off by this development it will have a lasting impact upon the entirety of the Chesapeake Watershed. The first step of moving the bus depot to its alternative site must be taken now; it would both protect the creek from the development itself and set a precedent of protection that could influence other development in the area. Protect Ten Mile Creek now before it is too late.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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