$50 million in local clean water funding for green streets, streams, and more is in jeopardy
On June 19th, the Montgomery County Council voted 7-2 to override Executive Ike Leggett’s veto of the stormwater capital improvement program (CIP) budget, with plans to consider a compromise replacement proposal at a July 10th public hearing.
Click here to see our full statement and stay tuned for updates after the July 10th hearing.
Montgomery County’s clean water funding is at risk!
In a rare move, County Council Executive Ike Leggett just vetoed $50M that was committed to local clean water programs. This funding is critical to restore the health of our waterways and reduce pollution in our local creeks, streams, and drinking water sources.
We’re just as alarmed by this development as you.
The Executive’s veto means that places like Grosvenor Stream, Stonybrook Stream, and Old Farm Creek won’t receive necessary funding for stream restoration. Without this funding, our local creeks are at continued risk of pollution and erosion, degrading our wildlife habitat, and reducing our quality of life.
The Potomac River is in the middle of making a remarkable comeback thanks in large part to strong local support for clean water in Montgomery County. We’ve reached a critical turning point for the river, and we can’t backslide now. We must strengthen — not weaken — water protections.
The Executive’s veto will undo decades of work to reduce polluted runoff, threatening Montgomery County’s reputation as an environmental leader.
It’s time to Get Vocal!
Submit your comment today and tell your local leaders to quit playing politics with our water! The County Council must act now to override this veto and fund our clean water program. We need this funding to protect all of the creeks and streams that flow into the Potomac River.