The Conservancy’s Crabbs Branch Conservation Landscaping Project is the latest of our small-scale green infrastructure initiatives. The project, which broke ground in May of 2018, can be found in Derwood, MD, where a concentration of runoff from hard surfaces like driveways, and streets led to a full-blown stormwater situation. When it rained, a stormwater pipe funneled thousands of gallons of stormwater into the 2-acre grassy common area of a local homeowners association (HOA), and it wasn’t just a neighborhood nuisance. That water flowed directly into Crabbs Branch, a tributary of Rock Creek, causing erosion of the streambanks and pollution of the area’s local waters with chemicals and sediment.

Funding for this project was provided through the Montgomery County Water Quality Protection Fund.