May 19, 2021

Eco Evenings Series: ‘Clean Water Montgomery’ Will Be the Theme for Session on Wednesday, May 26, for Virtual Engagement Series on the Environment

“Clean Water Montgomery” will be the theme at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, when the virtual “Eco Evenings with DEP and OMG” series of virtual town halls focused on environmental topics continues with its May event. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will make opening remarks at the town hall, which is co-sponsored by the County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and One Montgomery Green (OMG).

The session will help residents better understand the Clean Water Montgomery initiative and the efforts to help clean up local waterways.

Featured speakers for this session will include community partners and DEP staff providing tips how residents can assist in helping clean up waterways. Representatives of the Chesapeake Bay Trust will highlight grant recipients as part of the County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program. The grant program funds public outreach and stewardship projects, community-based restoration water quality implementation projects and litter reduction projects in the Anacostia River Watershed.

Residents can join the event for free. More information and a link to the event are available at the DEP Facebook Event Page at

Residents can register in advance to participate via Zoom at

After registering, residents will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

“Eco Evenings are a great idea from the Department of Environmental Protection and One Montgomery Green to engage our constituents through thoughtful discussions to improve our environment,” said County Executive Elrich. “We are running out of time before climate change impacts become catastrophic. We must have a sense of urgency about saving and protecting our environment. These virtual town halls are a great opportunity to share new ideas and solutions to address the climate challenges we face as a County.”

Eco Evenings is hosted by Adam Ortiz, director of DEP, and Wendy Howard, executive director of OMG. They will lead discussions on timely environmental topics, answer questions and engage with special guests.

“I’m excited to begin this new collaboration with the OMG team,” said DEP Director Ortiz. “We strive to be public leaders in the movement toward a greener future. Eco Evenings is a great way to connect with the public to discuss ideas and environmental innovations that allow us to work toward a shared goal.”

OMG Director Howard said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with DEP for Eco Evenings. This is a perfect fit for the type of work that OMG takes on and it is a great way to bring County residents together with the eco experts.”

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