Saturday, October 20, 2012
Catch up on headlines you may have missed this week in Montgomery County.
Getting Serious About Starting School Later in Montgomery County POTOMAC — Montgomery County residents have started an official chapter of the Start School Later Initiative, petitioning school officials to give students and parents a break from early school start times. Read more on Potomac Patch. Hate Speech or Free Speech? Metro Ad Sparks Counter-Ad WHEATON — The "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." ad, paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative and placed last week in the Glenmont Metro station, has provoked a strong response. Read more on Wheaton Patch. Silver Spring Student Charged in Northwood Stabbing SILVER SPRING — An 18-year-old Northwood High School student was charged with two assault counts in connection with the stabbing …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Visitors should take precautions with pets and the lake's fish, officials warn.
Montgomery Parks has a message for visitors to Rockville’s Lake Needwood: Don’t drink the water. (And don’t let your dog drink it either.) The message, posted on the parks department’s website, warns that an algae bloom has produced a toxic substance detected in the lake’s water. The blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, produces microcystin, which “can cause severe liver damage if ingested,” the message says. Swimming is prohibited at Lake Needwood. The boathouse closed for the season Sept. 18, but boating is still permitted through Dec. 15. The message cautions visitors to avoid contact with the water and not to allow pets—which are required to be leashed—to swim in the water. The message encourages “good hand cleaning …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Newly reopened Lake Needwood offers paddle boats, canoes and nature.
Fish were biting, the water was clear and the sky was blue at Lake Needwood in Rockville on Saturday. Rain filled the newly dredged, man-made lake with more water than it has held in years. Families came out in force to enjoy reduced rate boating, expert help in baiting hooks for fishing, a children’s fishing tournament, kayak tours and pedal boat races. It was all part of Montgomery County Parks' celebration of the lake's reopening. The Stoney family of Rockville tried it all. They kayaked and paddle boated and ate lunch along the water before boarding a pontoon boat for a one-hour excursion. “It’s our first time here,” Rufus Stoney said. “I’ve driven by before but never knew it was back here. I love it, we’ll be back next week.” This was…
Friday, June 1, 2012
Lake Needwood is setting for announcement of strategy to reduce losses due to dam failures.
Public and private operators must work together to increase the safety of the nation's aging dams and reduce the loss of lives and property, advocates and government officials said Thursday in Rockville. With a backdrop of the earthen dam at Lake Needwood in Rockville and the approaching hurricane season, which began today, county and federal officials and advocates announced a new federal strategy for dam safety. The strategic plan, which will be released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency later this summer, plots a course for reducing risk and consequences of dam failures over the next five years. It includes five goals designed to save lives, reduce economic losses, minimize security disruptions and allow communities to recover …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
A look at Lake Needwood after completion of the dredging that began last fall.
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- Kim Grimes
Tuesday, August 2, 2011