Montgomery County’s rural and low-density areas are under threat. Those areas are currently served by septic systems, which preclude high-density development. Recently, the county’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Permitting Services have been conducting flawed “septic surveys” that certain interest groups are using to promote conversion from septic systems to sewer service. Conversion to sewer systems leads to high-density development, increased storm water runoff, degradation of plant and animal habitats, and the very real potential for sewer spills. Sewer extensions into low density and rural areas is not smart growth.
MNPS recently co-signed a letter prepared by the Montgomery Coalition to Stop Sewer Sprawl (affiliated with the Montgomery County Stormwater Partners Network) to Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett asking him to take immediate action to protect our clean water by preventing sewer sprawl.
YOU CAN HELP by sending an email to the County Executive requesting a pause in the septic surveys, to permit input from the public and the County Council. See sample below. For more information, see the letter linked above, or contact Ken Bawer: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMPLE EMAIL TO THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Subject: Pause DEP “Septic Surveys”
Dear County Executive Leggett:
I am asking for a common sense pause in DEP septic surveys, including the North Potomac Highlands septic survey, until such time that the public and Council can vet the survey process and have the opportunity to provide feedback. Extending sewer pipes into low-density areas will threaten our clean streams and our natural areas.
Please do not allow DEP’s flawed “septic surveys” to sprawl sewer lines into our long protected low-density and rural areas.Yours truly,