Stream Restoration at Diamond Farms Park in Gaithersburg to Begin September 27

by Patrick Herron

Stream Restoration at Diamond Farms Park in Gaithersburg to Begin September 27

Per the City of Gaithersburg:

Land disturbance at Diamond Farms Park for the Solitaire Court Stream Restoration project is expected to begin on or about Monday, September 27. Tree felling, which precedes the start of construction, is scheduled to begin on Friday, September 24. Start dates are weather dependent.

The stream restoration project will repair the eroded stream banks, protect underground utility pipelines, remove invasive plants, prevent stream migration onto private property, and improve functionality of a tributary to Long Draught Branch of Great Seneca Creek.

The project was designed by BayLand Consultants and Designers, Inc. The company will provide construction management services while KBS Earthworks, Inc. constructs the project.

The park’s playground and courts will be open during the 6 to 8 month construction period. Some trails through the park will not be available. Trail closure signs will be posted prior to land disturbance. While trails near the stream are closed, it is recommended that the trail to Seneca Creek State Park be accessed from the northern end of Diamond Drive.

This project is a part of the City’s watershed restoration program and is designed to meet a portion of the water quality goals set by the Maryland Department of the Environment. By reinforcing and realigning the stream, less sediment and nutrients will flow to Clopper Lake, through our region’s rivers, and into the Chesapeake Bay. Excess sediment in our streams is harmful to aquatic life.

More information on the project is available at its project page on the City’s website or from the Public Works Department, or 301-258-6370.


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