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Action Alert: Sewer Plan Threatens Ten Mile Creek!‏

01/18/2015 10:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Dear Supporter of Ten Mile Creek,    
On December 17th, Friends of Ten Mile Creek Board Members, Cathy Wiss and Anne James attended a public meeting on a  WSSC/Montgomery County sewer study for the Clarksburg-Ten Mile Creek area.


They were shocked to find out that all of the proposed sewer options involve laying sewer pipes in Ten Mile Creek and its stream valley, which would destroy creek habitat during the pipeline construction and leave Ten Mile Creek vulnerable to raw sewage leaks as the pipes age. This plan clearly violates the County and Leggett Administration's commitment to protect Ten Mile Creek.


The Montgomery County Council is holding a public hearing on the WSSC/County sewer plan on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.  If we don't want our hard-won protections for Ten Mile Creek flushed, we must act now!


All the alternatives in the WSSC/County sewer plan are unacceptable (see our fact sheet and letter to the County Council ). They must be replaced with a plan that provides sewer service without putting sewer pipes in Ten Mile Creek. Such alternatives do exist and have been used before in Montgomery County. 


Email or call the County Council and County Executive Leggett today (see sample email below) and tell them don't flush Ten Mile Creek protections-scrap this plan and hit the restart button on this process. We need a plan that keeps sewers and sewerage out of Ten Mile Creek! 

Thank you in advance for taking action to protect the creek from this new threat! 



Send your email to County Council and County Executive Leggett:, 
and please cc us at


Sample email: 

Dear County Executive Leggett and Councilmembers:


The WSSC/Montgomery County Ten Mile Creek/Clarksburg Sewer Service Alternatives plan threatens the Ten Mile Creek watershed.


All of the options presented in the WSSC/County study would do significant harm to Ten Mile Creek, its floodplain and its subwatersheds.  The plan is clearly not based on the commitment to protect Ten Mile Creek as established in the Limited Master Plan Amendment.


The seemingly secretive, rushed and closed process that WSSC and the County have run to arrive at this sewer plan is equally troubling. As you know, Ten Mile Creek, our last, best creek and only clean, high-quality tributary to Little Seneca Reservoir is of regional significance.  We deserve a voice in its protection-that's good government.


Please scrap the WSSC/County Ten Mile Creek/Clarksburg Sewer Service Alternatives plan and hit the restart button.  Let's work together to craft a sewer plan that keeps pipes and sewage out of Ten Mile Creek!


Thank you,


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