Alert: October 11th, Charles County Board of Appeals hears challenge to Guilford preliminary plan approval. 7 PM, County Govt. Bldg. The public is invited to observe and show support!

This project would not be permitted by the new comprehensive plan. It is a time-bomb for Bryans Road and western Charles County: it would burden Billingsley Road with 60% more traffic and further overcrowd schools.   More on Guilford here.

Good news!! Mattawoman's future is looking brighter!

Over the last five years, thousands have voiced a desire to better protect Charles County's enviable natural areas by fixing the comprehensive land-use plan. And experts said this was the "last opportunity" to assure Mattawoman's health in the face of polluted runoff from unchecked growth.

On July 12, 2016, in a historic decision, Charles County Commissioners
Peter Murphy, Ken Robinson and Amanda Stewart let it be known they had heard. This majority of elected officials adopted a visionary comprehensive plan! The plan steers the county away from the past policies of a quarter century that brought Mattawoman Creek to the tipping point for irretrievable loss from so much poorly placed growth.

Why do so many care so deeply about conserving special waters like the Mattawoman? If you've been there you know. If not, you may want to check out these 3-minute testimonials from a scientist and from an avid bass angler delivered at two different public hearings on the "comp plan."


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  • MWS photo voted tops During the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, the Alice Ferguson Foundation runs a photo contest. This year MWS won! The photo shown is not the winner. For that, a trash ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2016, 5:43 PM by
  • Citizens, organizations speak up for Watershed Protection A news report about a public hearing on Charles County's Financial Assurance Plan. The plan is intended to ensure funds are available to carry out restoration projects required by ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2016, 9:51 AM by
  • Chesapeake Bay Summit notes Mattawoman's plight Maryland Public Television broadcast a summit of top Chesapeake Bay experts discussing the role of development in polluting the Bay. Mattawoman Creek is highlighted as the example of a fine ...
    Posted May 25, 2016, 11:14 AM by
  • Lackey students clean up Mattawoman MWS helped Lackey High School students celebrate Earth Day while participating in the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup organized by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. A news article is here.  Clean-up ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2016, 6:55 PM by
  • MWS sponsored clean-up On November 14th, 2015, MWS volunteers led over a dozen Lackey High School students, parents, and teachers in a trash clean-up on the shores of the Mattawoman Creek estuary ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2016, 7:58 AM by
  • MWS helps state science MWS has donated an instrument to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to assist in a special water-quality study of Mattawoman Creek and its tributaries. The instrument, a "conductivity ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2015, 8:00 AM by
  • MWS winning photo MWS won a photo contest taken during a trash clean-up on the shores of the Mattawoman Creek tidal estuary. The effort was part of the April 11, 2015 Potomac ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 2:16 PM by
  • Globally Rare Bog Threatened The large Guilford subdivision proposed for Bryans Road may spell the beginning of the end for Charles County's last unspoiled Magnolia Bog. This plant community merits  the rarest designation ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2015, 4:38 AM by
  • MWS assists Anacostia Watershed Society MWS hosted members of the Anacostia Watershed Society, who were collecting submerged plants to transplant to the Anacostia River. In a regional irony, Mattawoman is slated to have the same ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2015, 6:54 PM by
  • MWS awarded water quality meter Out of 350 applicants, the Mattawoman Watershed Society has been awarded a meter that measures the amount of oxygen dissolved in water. The instrument, which uses a state-of-the ...
    Posted May 30, 2015, 10:02 AM by
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Maryland Native Plant Society
Annual Conference

Sept. 17-18

MWS president Jim Long will give slide presentation on the Magnolia Bogs in Charles County.

Register here.

Chesapeake Watershed Forum
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Sept. 30-Oct 2

Sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  MWS will be assisting 1000 Friends of Maryland in presenting "Planning to Protect Environmental Assets."

Register here.

Board of Appeals hears challenge to the Guilford project in Bryans Road

October 11, 7 PM
Charles County Government Bldg

This huge subdivision would increase traffic on Billingsley Road by 60%. Yet the analysis of adequate public facilities was very inadequate when the Planning Commission approved a preliminary subdivision plan. Other aspects of the approval process are also being challenged.