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H 2O Summit

Taking pride in local water quality, networking, and learning about what is happening in your area is what the H 2O Summit is all about! Join local community groups to learn about how the County addresses water quality and how you can become involved.

The 2017 H 2O Summit will be held on Saturday, September 16th at the Rockville Senior Center.


Presentation at the 2016 H2O Summit


What’s Happening at the H 2O Summit 2017?

This year’s agenda will provide information and programs led by community partnerships and well as County Government, WSSC, Montgomery Parks and other opportunities County residents can utilize to help improve their local waterways.
  • Wondering how communities and organizations are coming together to improve water quality? Learn about new initiatives and community partnerships taking place in the County. Hear from the Stormwater partners on their work with the County and other community partners to influence big changes on local water quality.
  • Ever wonder how water quality improvements actually happen? Hear from the County’s biological monitoring team on their efforts and how it makes a difference.  They will explain how one stream Sligo creek, is benefiting from all the collective efforts from the community and the County.
  • Want to learn more about green infrastructure and how the County is promoting green initiatives? County staff will be on hand to highlight several projects around the county that have made significant improvements to our environmental footprint.
  • What happens to all the fat, oils and grease that make their way into our stormwater system? WSSC and local jurisdictions will be on hand to address this nuisance issue, simple prevention and the real costs involved in its cleanup.
  • Want to be more involved in your community? Want a canopy tree planted in your community? Learn more about the opportunities from the Watershed Stewards Academy, Tree Montgomery and more at individual breakout sessions.
All these topics and more will be highlighted at the event. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register for lunch and bring their own cup/mug.


When and Where is the Summit?

The 2017 H 2O Summit will be held on Saturday, September 16th at the Rockville Senior Center.
Registration begins at 9:30am.  Sessions run from 10am to 3:00pm.

Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Who's Invited?

The event is open to anyone interested in learning how to protect our local waters.  This event is of particular interest to nonprofit watershed groups, community activists, business leaders, and residents living near streams.


Community Leader / Stream Volunteer Award

Montgomery County takes pride in the selfless residents, businesses, civil servants, and students who donate thousands of hours to numerous community service opportunities. Our residents make up a vast community of dedicated volunteers who make a true difference in the livability of Montgomery County.

The Community Leader/Stream Volunteer award highlights an individual who is committed to enhancing the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County's water resources in a sustainable way.



Nominees should have demonstrated excellence in the following area(s) (one or all):
  • Promotes awareness of stream health and watershed restoration
  • Volunteers his or her own time to actively restore their local watershed, via stream cleanups or other meaningful outdoor learning, education or volunteer opportunities
  • Shows initiative to protect our local water resources (Saw a problem, did something to fix it, organized multiple cleanups, events, activities, spearheaded public policy changes, etc.)
  • Volunteer efforts made a significant impact to an organization, a project or community related to water
  • Educates, engages, and motivates their neighbors/community to take action to protect local waterways
  • Due to their efforts, stream health/water quality is noticably improving
  • Works to develop new and innovative partnerships especially with diverse cultures
  • Advocates and inspires change in the watershed community
  • Makes a positive impact in the community and the watershed through their leadership and influence
  • Exemplifies the qualities of a strong community leader

Through actions big and small, residents from all walks of life can help to restore the 1,500 miles of stream in Montgomery County.  Each year, our committee recognizes one remarkable person who embraces these characteristics and who leads by example to demonstrate what we can all do both individually and collectively to help our watershed communities.

In celebration and support of their outstanding work in the community, the H 2O committee recognizes a Community leader/stream volunteer each year at the H 2O Summit. Awardees must reside in Montgomery County and be willing to share their stories. We are seeking nominations from community members until September 1st. Nominate a Community Leader/Stream Volunteer today!


Nomination Process

Nominations must have been submitted to the H 2O committee by September 1, 2017.

Effective volunteer leaders are the "keys" by which we unlock volunteer hands and minds- Quote from Develop volunteer leaders worthy of the cause by John M. Knibb, October 22, 2012 from Inside Business

Prior Winners:
  • 2012 – Ed Murtagh, Friends of Sligo Creek
  • 2013 - Paul Hlavinka, Muddy Branch Alliance
    • Lifetime Achievement Awards; Keith Van Ness, DEP; Doug Redmond, MC Parks
  • 2014 – Kay Fulcomer, Rock Creek Conservancy/Seneca Creek Watershed Partners
  • 2015 – None Awarded (Event combined with GreenFest)
  • 2016 – Kit Gage, Friends of Sligo Creek


H 2O Summit Partners

The H 2O Summit is made possible thanks to the amazing work of our partners:

The Montgomery County GreenFest

The Montgomery County GreenFest is a family friendly event that connect residents to their environment, local watershed associations, volunteerism, and green exhibitors.  It's free and open to all!  Learn more at!

A main goal of GreenFest is to raise awareness about stream health and the effects of stormwater pollution on our ecosystem. Most importantly, it encourages residents to get involved!

The last GreenFest was Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.

Photos from GreenFest 2017

GreenFest 2017

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