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2015 Watts Branch Watershed Assessment

The Mayor and Council approved the 2015 Watts Branch Watershed Assessment on October 12, 2015. Questions about the report may be directed to Lise Soukup of the Department of Public Works at or at (240) 314-8874.

The City of Rockville conducted a new assessment of the Watts Branch Watershed. This area, which covers the western half of Rockville, was last evaluated in 2001. The City’s environmental consultant, BayLand Consultants, conducted stream walks and area investigations. The study include stream measurements and water sampling; an inventory of stream erosion; and an evaluation of pollution sources from commercial properties and residential neighborhoods.

The assessment will help inform the City’s water resources planning for the following 10 years. Any stream restoration projects that result from issues found in this assessment will go through a public comment process via the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) before being constructed in later years.

The City invited the public to learn about the current Watts Branch conditions and assessment findings. Two public meetings were held. During the meetings, staff and consultants described the Watts Branch Watershed Assessment findings from the 2013 field work and analysis of watershed conditions.  Staff also discussed watershed restoration progress since the previous 2001 study and the City's watershed improvement strategies for the future. Visit the links below to view the presentations from the public meetings.

If you would like to stay informed about the study, attend public meetings or be added to the email notification list, contact Lise Soukup of the Department of Public Works, Environmental Management Division, at or at 240-314-8874.