The Story of Streams

The Scores

Water Quality: Does aquatic life thrive?
Climate: Does the stream protect itself and people against flooding, dirty air, and heat?
Access to Nature: Can people access and enjoy their nearby streams?
Biodiversity & Habitats: Does the stream support diverse and healthy wildlife and plants?

How are three local streams doing? The data tell a mixed story. But YOU can help write the ending!

Streams scores: Holmes Run scored Fair; Northwest Branch scored Fair; Oxon Run scored Moderately Poor.

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Throughout the report, you will find compelling stories, photos, and insights from real people who treasure these streams and hope you will join us in trying to protect them.


This project was funded by the Raines Family Fund.

Read our Indicator Methods Document for technical information on data, citations, and methodology.

Thank you to the Advisory Working Group members, who proposed and prioritized indicators, reviewed datasets, collected interviews, and guided the project.

Friends of Oxon RunAbsalom Jordan, Jr., and Brenda Richardson
Friends of Holmes RunWhitney Redding, Joe Knecht, Andrew Casolini, Sarah McGowan, and Steven Temme
Neighbors of the Northwest BranchAnne Ambler, James Graham, Kem Morawski, and Nora Swisher
Thank you to local government partners who contributed data to the project.Amy Stevenson, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection; Damien Ossi, Washington, DC Department of Energy and the Environment
Research & Data ConsultantDr. Katie May Laumann, PhD
Nature ForwardChrissy Arnold (Data & GIS Intern), Eliza Cava (Director of Conservation), Ari Eisenstadt (DC Conservation Advocate), Renee Grebe (Northern VA Conservation Advocate), Denisse Guitarra (MD Conservation Advocate), Ben Israel (Photographer & Videographer), Andrew Jones (Volunteer), Jamoni Overby (DC Conservation Advocate), Gregg Trilling (Conservation Outreach Manager)