Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Northwest Branch
This stream has flowed here for millions of years, gradually changing its course and meandering back and forth across its floodplain to widen and level the valley floor. Regular floods after heavy rains deposit sediments creating rich soils that nourish a wide variety of trees, shrubs, ferns, and wildflowers. Many animals feed along the stream's bank and within its waters.
Water quality determines which fish and animals can survive here. Pollution and salt from roadways along with fertilizers and pesticides from lawns all get washed into the stream through storm drains. We must all do our part to keep our streams clean. Always follow directions when applying fertilizers and never dump oil, chemicals, or soapy water down storm drains -- wash your car in the grass where any soap will be absorbed into the soil.
"In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survived, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference." -- Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962)
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° 3.653′ N, 77° 1.456′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Northwest Touch for map. On the grounds of the Northwest Branch Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Spring MD 20902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mica Mine Ruins (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prehistoric Rock Shelters (about 600 feet away); Kemp Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Pond in Summer (approx. half a mile away); The Pond in Winter (approx. half a mile away); The Pond in Autumn (approx. half a mile away); The Pond in Spring (approx. half a mile away); The Harper Family Homestead (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.