Thanks to the many people who came out to two hearings the week of July 13 on the Maryland Airport in Bryans Road.

At the 1st county-held hearing, opposition to industrializing the forested area around the airport was strong.

Likewise, at the 2nd federal hearing,  support overwhelming for the full study of an Environmental Impact Statement before the runway is extended a 2nd time.

Guilford subdivision proposed for Bryans Road
Many people with concerns over the huge subdivision p
roposed have asked the Planning Commission to reconsider its approval of a preliminary plan. On July 13, the Planning Commission refused to reconsider. An appeal has been filed with the Charles County Board of Appeals.

Charles County draft Comprehensive Plan
Degradation of Mattawoman to continue if plan is not altered!

State comments on the draft plan here.

In a divided vote on Feb. 9, the Planning Commission ignored a request by the elected Board of County Commissioners to meet before passing the flawed plan on to the state. Despite some positive steps, the plan is essentially the failed 2006 plan. It falls far short of smarter growth scenarios previously considered. The next step will be a public hearing before the Planning Commission after state comments are received.

Can you tell which map is the 2006 plan, and which is the 2015 plan?
Hint: the 2015 plan has even more forest land opened to development.


Click each title for more information

  • 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
  • MWS cleans up fishing hole MWS participated in the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on April 11th. A morning's camaraderie overlooking the estuary left a popular fishing spot spotless.
    Posted Apr 25, 2015, 12:06 PM by
  • MWS in Stream Waders Video MWS volunteers are featured in a video highlighting Maryland's Stream Waders program. The monthly video newsletter is produced by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The video explains the ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2015, 6:31 PM by
  • MWS in the news A feature article on the front page of the March 11th Maryland Independent discusses rare and endangered plants and animals in southern Maryland, and efforts by a number of groups ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2015, 1:58 PM by
  • MWS president wins prestigous award Mattawoman Watershed Society president Dr. Jim Long received the prestigious Carl S. Weber award at the 20th annual conference of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council. The award honors an individual ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2014, 6:35 PM by
  • Chesapeake Bay Agreement signed In a historic first, land use and climate change were recognized as threats to the Chesapeake Bay when the governors of six states and the mayor of the District of ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2014, 11:22 AM by
  • MWS wins Most Beautiful Tent award at ArtsFest 2014 Volunteers for the Mattawoman Watershed Society were surprised when a committee with the Charles County Arts Alliance arrived at their tent on June 7 to deliver the 1st Place award ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2014, 2:44 PM by
  • Governor signs Maryland Wildands bill! May 15 signing nearly doubles Wildand acreage, the first expansion in twelve years.Wildlands offer Maryland's strongest level of protection to enhance the value and sustainability of the "best ...
    Posted May 24, 2014, 6:58 PM by
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Hearing: Big-box Special Exception

Tuesday July 28
, 7 PM (no public role yet)
Charles County Government Building,
La Plata

Developers of Waldorf Station want Charles County to welcome visitors with a giant big-box store in an area zoned for Transit Oriented Development. The big-box--a Walmart Supercenter--is too big to fit current zoning, so the Board of Appeals must grant a special exception for it go forward. The special exception would be another step toward locking in a project design that has morphed over time to be unnacceptably damaging to Mattawoman Creek.

This quasi-judiciary hearing will last several evenings as lawyers and expert witnesses present testimony (the 1st meeting was April 14). Then the public will be invited to speak at a date to be determined. More information on Waldorf Station here.

Hearing on air quality impacts from big gas-fired power plant

Monday, August 17, 
7 PM
Brandywine Firehouse

The Public Service Commission will hear from the public on possible degradation of air quality from Mattawoman Energy, another huge gas-fired powerplant (990 megawatts) proposed for the Brandywine area in Prince George's County. The region is already in an ozone non-compliance area. Mattawoman Energy would be constructed entirely in the Mattawoman Watershed. To be built, Panda Power Funds, out of Dallas TX, must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Need from the Maryland Public Service Commission. Impacts to air quality is one of issues that must be considered.

Hearing on impacts from yet another power-plant gas-line

Thursday, August 20, 6 PM
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

The 990 MW Mattawomnan Energy power plant would require a 7.4 mile pipeline impacting wetlands in a number of watersheds.