Residents were surprised recently by the removal of trees on Midtown Road in Kentlands. Mark Scafide, City of Gaithersburg Public Works operations division chief, explained that their removal was necessary to stabilize the pond embankment.
“A recent inspection of the storm water pond located on the north side of Midtown determined that the trees needed to be removed to ensure the stability of the pond’s embankment,” he stated in an email. “Although the pond is typically dry, it has a large drainage area with the potential to detain a large volume of storm water runoff. Therefore, this pond is covered by state regulations that do not allow for any woody vegetation on either the upstream or downstream embankment. The pond inspections will take place every three years and corrections will be made to ensure they are working correctly. If the trees were allowed to continue to grow, their roots could cause damage to the embankment and roadway.”
This Midtown Road project should be completed by the end of March, weather permitting.
As a tree city, Gaithersburg “does not remove trees unless it is absolutely necessary,” he added. “The city will plant additional trees this year, but they will not be in the same location due to the restrictions of woody growth by the State of Maryland.”