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Stream Restoration

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 25, 2017
1. Stream Restoration Marker
Inscription.
Wheaton Branch
The health of Wheaton Branch affect the condition of all the waterways into which it flows, from Sligo Creek to the Atlantic Ocean. Wheaton Branch is a tributary of Sligo Creek which flows into the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River. The Anacostia River feeds into the Potomac River and eventually empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

The stream is located within one Montgomery County's most urbanized watersheds. Before urbanization most stormwater soaked into the ground and recharged groundwater supply. With increased development more and more stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as rooftops, roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and driveways flows directly into Wheaton Branch. This runoff transports pollutants to the stream and increases erosion and flooding, leading to decreased water quality for aquatic life and drinking.

Channeling urban streams such as Wheaton Branch, contributes to the problems of polluted runoff, downstream erosion, and flooding. Wheaton Branch was channelized and paved in the 1950's. In 2011 the section of the stream that flows through Evans Parkway Park was restored after extensive reconstruction and vegetation of a 110 foot wide stream corridor through the park.

Stream Restoration
Stream restoration attempts to reestablish the
Stream Restoration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 25, 2017
2. Stream Restoration Marker
natural structure, function, and aesthetic value of a stream system that existed prior to disturbance. This is accomplished through a variety of techniques including:
Revegetation of the stream corridor and floodplain to stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
Realignment of the stream channel to a more natural, meandering form.
Recountouring of the stream bed and addition of boulders to slow the speed of stream flow and create wildlife habitat.
Widening of the floodplain to reduce the potential for flooding downstream.

Restored Stream
Enhanced Water Quality
Restored Habitat for Wildlife
Reduced Potential for Erosion
Natural Beauty

Channelized Stream
Poor Water Quality
Little Habitat for Wildlife
Potential for Downstream Erosion
Polluted Runoff
 
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
 
Location. 39° 1.674′ N, 77° 2.571′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Evans Parkway and Evans Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2001 Evans Parkway, Silver Spring MD 20902, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bioretention (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park (about 300 feet away); Wheaton Veterans Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Safeway (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Spirit of Wheaton (approx. 0.9 miles away); RainScapes (approx. 0.9 miles away); Daniel Carroll of Rock Creek (approx. one mile away); John Carroll (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
Categories. Environment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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