Two candidates among the new nominations directly affect Mattawoman Creek: the Mattawoman Expansion and Chapman's Forest. The public-comment period has closed, but we will post updates. The next step is legislation in the upcoming session of the Maryland legislature. Please be prepared to support this important initiative to better protect the "best of the best" of our public lands.
"we need the tonic of Wildness." Henry David Thoreau
-The Wildlands program described by the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service
-Our brochure about the Mattawoman Expansion & Chapman Forest Wildlands
Charles County Comprehensive Plan
While we watch, Charles County's land-use polices are degrading Mattawoman Creek. The policies have also placed Charles County on the bottom rung for property tax rate, use of school trailers, commute time, teacher pay, and more.
To fix these problems, county staff consulted the public in an exhaustive year long process. With enthusiastic public support, they created a revised plan with Smart Growth principles. But the Planning Commission ignored it, in favor of a costly plan produced by a lobby of land speculators. It is up to citizens to convince those on the elected Board of Commissioners who continue to support the land speculators to change their tune.
-Please sign the petition at the Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County.
-Learn about land-use issues under "Our Issues."
-Download a presentation by the Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County (pdf).
-Video of informed testimony on the comp plan by the Conservation Director of Maryland Bass Nation who knows 1st hand what's at stake.
Make a year-end donation to help us draw attention to the plight of Mattawoman Creek. While it remains* "what a restored Chesapeake Bay would look like," Mattawoman is now "at the tipping point," and facing "continuing and dramatic watershed deterioration" at the hands of misguided land-use policies catering to land speculators.
It takes funds for mailings, handbills, posters, brochures, and more. Your contribution leverages the many hours spent by our volunteers on behalf of one the regions most exciting recreational and ecolological resources.
-Click the PayPal button above. You do not have to be PayPal member to donate.
-Send a check to the address here.
*The quotes above are from an interagency Task Force report (large pdf).
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MWMC Annual Conference
Conserving Maryland's High Quality Waters - From Monitoring to Action
The Maryland Water Monitoring Council conference was held on December 5. MWS and the Maryland Fisheries Service presented a poster: What lurks in the submerged aquatic vegetation?
It reported our volunteer work assisting the Dept. of Natural Resources to measure dissolved oxygen levels in the estuary. Surprisingly, oxygen levels were low in the "SAV" beds, especially near shore.
Co-authors Jim Long (president of MWS) and Margaret McGinty (DNR fisheries biologist) pose with the poster.
Photo: Bonnie Bick