November 2023 Community Update

PROJECT UPDATES

Upcoming Virtual Community Meeting

Join the Greenvest team on Tuesday, December 5th, at 7 p.m. for a virtual meeting with Manchester Farm residents and neighbors. GreenVest will share project and construction updates, solicit feedback and answer your questions.

Visit GreenManchesterFarm.com/RSVP to RSVP and receive Zoom login credentials.

Current Project Phase

Design & Permitting

Progress Brief

  • GreenVest has completed a concept plan for the Manchester Farm Community Submerged Gravel Stormwater Management System (SGSMS), Stream Restoration and Outfall Stabilization work based on input received during initial community meetings. These plans have been reviewed and approved by the County.
  • In preparation for the initial concept plan, our team completed several onsite assessments to understand, preserve and enhance the existing site while minimizing community impacts. This work included baseline data collection, Natural Resource Inventory (NRI), and a review of existing storm drain and stormwater infrastructure, all of which allowed us to create a concept design that achieves project goals while minimizing impacts to trees and other natural resources.
  • GreenVest hosted a community meeting on June 28th to share project plans, solicit feedback and answer resident questions. This information was integrated into the eventual concept designs submitted to the County.

Next Steps

  • GreenVest is developing the next set of design plans as part of the overall design process. These plans are known as the semi-final design plans and include an enhanced level of design detail, additional measures for forest conservation, and descriptions of erosion and sediment control activities.
  • GreenVest will hold a second (virtual) public meeting on Tuesday, December 5th, at 7 p.m. Visit GreenManchesterFarm.com/RSVP to RSVP and receive Zoom login credentials.
  • Construction is anticipated to begin in Winter 2025, before which residents will be invited to join GreenVest for a pre-construction walk. Click here to sign up for construction alerts and meeting updates.

PROJECT RESOURCES

Ask questions, find project details or speak directly with members of the Project team through any of the resources and contact methods below.

Project website: GreenManchesterFarm.com

Call or text: 301-960-5355

Email: Info@GreenManchesterFarm.com

Click here to sign up for semi-regular project updates and/or construction text alerts.

NEWS & UPDATES: MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEP

Calling All Montgomery County-Based Artists!

The Montgomery County DEP, Montgomery County Health and Human Services – MD and Latino Health Initiative, in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, recently announced a new climate resiliency-themed Artist Residency at HHS’ 1301 Piccard Dr. facility in Rockville. The goal is to build community resilience among County residents most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. View the complete RFQ here.

Montgomery County Nonprofits May Be Eligible for Clean Water Montgomery Grants

The “Clean Water Montgomery Grant Program” supports nonprofit organizations working to address stormwater runoff and pollution in the County through projects like tree planting, permeable pavement and litter reduction, for example. Follow the link to learn more about program eligibility and deadlines. Read more >

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

What is a Submerged Gravel Stormwater Management System (SGSMS)?

SGSMSs are features that mimic natural hydrological and ecological processes to capture and treat stormwater runoff, filtering sediment and pollutants through a combination of wetland plants and gravel media. These systems reduce runoff by trapping and storing stormwater and introducing surface water flows into the subsurface via the gravel media. Pollutant removal is achieved by biological uptake from algae and bacteria within the filter media and plant materials at the surface. The systems are designed to capture and treat 1″ of rainfall over 24 hours.

What is Stream Restoration?

Stream Restoration is a set of techniques used to protect property, existing natural resources, and infrastructure by reducing stream bank erosion, minimizing the down-cutting of stream beds and restoring natural stream ecosystems.

What is Outfall Stabilization?

Outfall Stabilization includes constructing a stable channel that extends from an upland stormwater pipe outfall to a receiving stream channel. It provides a permanently stable stormwater conveyance through engineering practices such as grading, step-pools, cascades and/or rock stream bank protection.

Additional details are available at GreenManchesterFarm.com.

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