On Saturday, March 22, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will host a free H2O Summit at the Silver Spring Civic Building. This family-friendly event will teach participants “how their actions affect local streams and rivers and how they can get involved in protecting drinking water”.
From Montgomery County’s press release:
“Montgomery County is committed to remaining a national leader when it comes to cherishing our natural resources,” said Bob Hoyt, director of the County’s Department of Environmental Protection. “For us, protecting our local waters, like the Potomac River, has always involved the teamwork of government and the public. The County and WSSC host the H2O Summit to ensure that this team continues to perform at the highest level.”
The morning session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature guest speakers from local nonprofits, government and universities. Advance registration is required.
From 1 to 4 p.m., a water-themed festival will offer hands-on science activities, live music, games and other activities for all ages. Nearly 40 local organizations and green vendors will have interactive displays and information, which last year included a watershed pinball game, stream animals and an electric vehicle.
This year, a morning workshop will be offered to teach attendees how to assemble and maintain a rain barrel. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to take their rain barrel home. The workshop is hosted in partnership with the local nonprofit, Granito de Arena. Advance registration is required.
Other event partners include Montgomery Parks, the University of Maryland Extension and the cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville.