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Take Action to Protect Rock Creek PDF Print E-mail

You can make a difference in a variety of ways.  For ideas about how you can make changes in your yard, in the park, or in your community, click here.  To find out how to volunteer, click here.  For ideas on how you can influence the government or media, read on!

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Klingle Valley Environmental Assessment

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration, as lead agencies, in cooperation with the National Park Service, completed an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the potential impacts of constructing a multi-use hiker-biker trail within the DDOT right-of-way in Klingle Valley, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.  The trail is planned for the currently closed segment of Klingle Road between Porter Street NW and Cortland Place NW.  For more information and to keep up to date on what's happening with Klingle Valley, click here.

 

Who's Who

The large Rock Creek watershed--the land area from which rain and melting snow drain to Rock Creek--is overseen by a number of government agencies with overlapping duties and legal responsibilities.  Here are a list of the key agencies with responsibilities for land use and environmental protection in the Rock Creek watershed.  It’s confusing at first, but if you are unsure who to call or email, make your best guess and do it!  These folks are your public servants and should be happy to help you.

Rock Creek Park

The National Park Service (NPS) oversees Rock Creek Park, a national park located entirely within the District of Columbia.  For more information or to express your concerns about matters related to the park,

Write:
National Park Service
3545 Williamsburg Lane NW
Washington, DC 20008

E-mail

Phone:
Headquarters:  (202) 895-6000
Visitor Information:  (202) 895-6070

Washington, DC

The primary agency in the District of  Columbia concerning Rock Creek is the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).   Steve Saari is DDOE’s watershed specialist who can help with Rock Creek related calls:
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(202) 535-2961

The DC Council can also be a good place to raise your concerns. Try to determine who your council representative is before calling.

Montgomery  County, Maryland

In Montgomery County, Rock Creek flows through parkland land administered by the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission.  The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) also has environmental responsibilies.  The chief of DEP’s watershed management division is Steve Shofar:
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(240) 777-7700

Staff to the Montgomery Country Council can also be helpful in cutting red tape and translating your concerns into action.  Try to determine who your council representative is before calling.

Who Says

You do!  Speak out to protect Rock Creek through a letter to the editor or by contacting a reporter.

Gazette Newspapers (Montgomery County):
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Washington Post--Montgomery Extra or District Extra:
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Northwest Current  (DC):
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