Ten Mile Creek, located near Clarksburg in upper Montgomery County, Maryland, is our last, best creek. And it's part of our Potomac drinking water supply, serving 3 million people in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Ten Mile Creek remains clean because the land that surrounds it is mostly farms and forests.
All that may change soon. Ten Mile Creek's farms and forests are threatened by proposals for a ten acre retail mall and over 1,600 residential units. Development interests are pressing the County Council to approve water and sewer connections and new zoning without adequate review and public input, bypassing Montgomery's Master Plan process. Not only would these proposals wreak havoc on Ten Mile Creek, but they would also compete with long-awaited amenities for nearby Clarksburg Town Center. Audubon Naturalist Society, Montgomery Countryside Alliance, and their partners are urging the Montgomery County Council to protect Ten Mile Creek and meet the needs of Town Center residents through a careful revision to the Master Plan.