June 6, 2017, a day to celebrate!

The WCD means:

       less sprawl,
               less traffic growth,
                     strong schools,
                            stable tax rates,
                                  higher home values,
                                        purer air,
cleaner rivers & streams,
                                                  assured water supply,
                                                          cherished rural character,
                                                               healthier Mattawoman Creek!
When a majority of Charles County commissioners--Peter Murphy, Amanda Stewart, and Ken Robinson--adopted the WCD, they reflected the public sentiment for less sprawl and more conservation that led to the 2016 comprehensive land-use plan. This means the Mattawoman Creek watershed and headwaters of the Port Tobacco River will be spared 17,000 new housing units as computed by pro-growth real-estate lobby. And that's without "bonus densities," which could greatly increase that number.

But there is still work to do!

Unfortunately, hundreds of acres around the Maryland airport are still being considered for industrial development, even though the environment there is exceptionally sensitive, and taxpayers would be asked to spend millions for new sewer. It makes no sense, since market studies find the area to be uncompetitive with the surrounding region, which already has infrastructure.

Further, there is a large “pipeline” of previously approved projects. And previous zoning for new commercial development is exempted from the WCD, even though some is right in the in Mattawoman Stream Valley. Future projects need close monitoring.

-New Comprehensive Plan brightens prognosis for Mattawoman's future health. The Watershed Conservation District is keyLearn more here.


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  • MWS co-founder receives award Bonnie Bick, board member and co-founder of MWS, received the Carl Weber award at the 22nd annual conference of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council in Linthicum MD on ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 1:11 PM by
  • MWS at MWMC conference MWS was a co-author on an oral presentation and a scientific poster at the annual conference of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council on December 2, 2016. Jim Long, MWS ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 1:06 PM by
  • MWS wins appeal--protects rural Billingsley Road MWS has successfully appealed the approval of the huge Guilford subdivision proposed for Bryans Road. On November 16, the Charles County Board of Appeals overturned Planning Commission's controversial approval ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 11:11 AM by
  • MWS volunteers receive award Bonnie Bick and Jim Long, co-founders of the Mattawoman Watershed, have been presented with the 2016 Melissa Laser award for protecting fish habitat. The award is conferred annually by ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 7:05 AM by
  • 1000 Friends of MD & MWS present to Watershed Forum On October 2, 1000 Friends of Maryland and MWS presented Planning to Protect Environmental Assets at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. A full room learned that urbanization ...
    Posted Oct 4, 2016, 9:51 AM by
  • MWS presents to MNPS On September 17, 2016, MWS's president spoke about the watershed's two globally rare Magnolia Bogs to the annual conference of the Maryland Native Plant Society. Unfortunately, one of ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2016, 3:05 PM by
  • MWS events at Discover Quest On Aug. 13 and 14, 2016, MWS sponsored several events at Discover Quest, Charles County's tourism bash held in conjunction with the BassMasters Elite national bass tournament. On the ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 4:21 PM by
  • 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 Nov 17, 2016, 6:22 AM 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
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6 PM
Charles County Govt Bldg, La Plata