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County To Celebrate Booze Creek Restoration

By Aaron Kraut

Monday - 5/13/2013, 1:34pm  ET

Lower Booze Creek, before the county's restoration project, via Department of Environmental Protection Lower Booze Creek, after the county's restoration project, via Department of Environmental Protection Lower Booze Creek, after the county's restoration project, via Department of Environmental Protection

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection on Saturday will host a tour of its completed restoration project of the Lower Booze Creek, a four-square mile watershed near the Bannockburn neighborhood.

From 9:30 a.m. to noon at the project entrance along Helmsdale Road and Selkirk Drive, DEP officials will take residents and others on a tour of various stream restoration techniques.

The project included the construction of 35 habitat improvement structures along 4,000 feet of stream, the realignment of eight exposed WSSC sewer lines, the removal of invasive vines and the reforestation of 3.5 acres of stream buffer.

DEP coordinated with WSSC to realign the sewer lies and protect manholes and an eight-inch water line. WSSC officials will be on hand with representatives from the Friends of Cabin John Creek to walk residents through the project and learn more about a similar project planned for the Bannockburn Branch east of Wilson Lane.

Those who want to walk along the stream with project staff should wear appropriate footwear. Much of the land is uneven, wet and rocky.

For more information and photos, visit the Department of Environmental Protection’s project page.

Flickr photos from Dept. of Environmental Proection MoCo, MD