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Letter to County Council Candidates and Their Responses

posted May 15, 2018, 3:46 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 12:37 PM ]

Dear County Council Candidate,


As an at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council, the Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition asks for your commitment, if elected, to ensure that Montgomery County will work effectively with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to lessen the impact of new, high frequency flight paths and procedures at Reagan National Airport. 


Our Coalition represents a group of 29 communities with over 20,000 residents who are severely impacted by new, high frequency flight paths that traverse a 7 mile corridor with laser like precision over Potomac, Cabin John, Glen Echo, Bethesda and Brookmont.  Due to changes made by the FAA in late 2015, residents in these previously quiet neighborhoods now must endure over 400 low altitude airplanes roaring overhead every day from 5:30 am to after midnight - one airplane after another - every 1-3 minutes.   There is no break.  Residents in these neighborhoods are at-risk of unknown levels of air and noise pollution as well as serious diminution of their property value.


Montgomery County residents need the County to be on a level playing field as it works with the FAA to mitigate the damage done to our communities.  Our Coalition recently testified before the Council requesting $150,000 be allocated to the Office of Intergovernmental Relations so the County can hire an airspace expert to develop viable flight path and procedure alternatives to present to the FAA.  To date, Montgomery County has relied on community volunteers, with no technical aviation experience, to represent the County on the DCA Community Noise Working Group, which is tasked with developing noise mitigation recommendations to the FAA.  Hiring a highly skilled airspace expert to work with the FAA on behalf of Montgomery County is a critical first step to resolving this issue. 


State and Federal efforts are uncertain.  We need our County representatives to dedicate both human and financial resources to tackle this tremendous burden on Montgomery County.  Please let us know how, if elected, you would work to help bring safe, clean and quiet skies back to all Montgomery County residents.  Responses should be sent by May 10, 2018 to All responses will be posted on our Coalition website:




Gretchen Gaston, Janelle Wright, and Anne Hollander 


Co-chairs, Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition Policy Committee 

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Please click on the Link below to view all of the Candidates' Responses that the Coalition received:

Click Here to View the Candidates' Responses that the Coalition Received  

A copy of the April 5, 2018 Memo is available HERE, and is also available under the "Elected Officials Letters" folder on the Downloads and Templates tab.