Friends of Ten Mile Creek & Little Seneca Reservoir
    Protecting a clean water resource for the Washington, DC region


Where Does Your
Water Come From?
An Educational Forum

Now up on the MD Sierra blog: 
On December 3, 2017, approximately100 Marylanders gathered for a panel discussion about the impacts of development and stormwater runoff on the public water supply, the implications this has for future water rates, and how we can make growth smart enough to protect our water supply.

Click here for the full text of Scott Fosler's keynote and all the pictures and the livestream, which are on the MD Sierra facebook page.

Zombie Bridge Project

Once again, the revival by developers smelling money of this long ago debunked "traffic relief" project has reared its head. Remarkably at a meeting with the Transportation Planning Board of the Council of Governments, Montgomery County lost the debate against proceeding with yet another study of a new bridge (and presumably roads to connect it to some other roads). Stay tuned for updates and action alerts.
Learn more here and here.

Pulte Lawsuit hearing August 8th at 9:30am at the Federal Courthouse in Beltsville, MD

Important Letter
concerning possible changes to sewer plan service extension to RE-1 zoned properties with septic systems older than 1975

In keeping with our commitment to the preservation of clean drinking water for our region, this letter from The Board of the Friends of Ten Mile Creek and Little Seneca Reservoir offers three good reasons for not changing the current policy.

To read this letter, please click here.

Dear Gardening and Land
Preservation Community,

Soleado Lavender farm is looking for volunteers, we could really use any  help we can get weeding and making cuttings for propagation. We can never get fully caught up this time of year, we are getting ready to open Fridays and Weekends and the weeds just get away from us. The main hours we are trying to fill are Mondays and Wednesdays 9am-12:30pm from now until the end of June, but there are certainly other time slots if you would like to come, but those days don't work. There is no ongoing commitment needed, if you can come for two hours or more often, either is great!  I would be happy to answer any questions. Please always contact us by phone, email or text before you come out to the farm.

Thanks in advance,

Sophia Watkins
301 922 5964


2018 will be filled with fun!


Mark your calendars and join us at:

Environmental Film Night at Black Hill Visitors' Center
Tuesday, February 277:30-9:30pm

Support the SEED Classroom & Nature Programs Wine & Cheese
Saturday, March 24

Pontoon Boat Ride & Fundraiser
Sunday, May 6th

Why are Ten Mile Creek and Little Seneca Reservoir Important?

Ten Mile Creek, located near Clarksburg, Maryland, is one of the healthiest waterways remaining in the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed and supports a greater diversity of aquatic life – insects, salamanders, and fish – than any other stream in Montgomery County. The creek is of such high quality that it is considered a “reference stream” which scientists use as a “measuring rod” to judge the health of other area streams.

Ten Mile Creek is also the cleanest tributary flowing into Little Seneca Reservoir, the closest emergency drinking water supply for 4.3 million people in the Washington, DC area. The reservoir is a critical component of our regional drinking water system and a popular recreational resource for canoeing, kayaking, hiking, picnicking, fishing, bird watching, and other activities.

Why Do the Creek and Reservoir Need Friends?

Despite its importance to our regional water system, the Ten Mile Creek watershed is constantly threatened by development proposals. The Friends of Ten Mile Creek and Little Seneca Reservoir, formed in August 2014, aims to protect this watershed from any further development which would degrade its health and impact the quality of water that flows into Little Seneca Reservoir.

We help citizens from around the region connect to this special place, advocate for its protection, and learn about the importance of the creek and reservoir, both as unique ecological treasures and as integral components of our regional drinking water system.

Through our advocacy and education efforts, we hope to inspire a sense of stewardship for these specific resources, and, together with other local watershed groups, to work to protect all streams and rivers in the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Join us!