Final hearing on Charles County Comprehensive Plan!

Before elected County Commissioners
--  this one COUNTS!  --

May 17th 6:30 PM (arrive early to sign-up to speak)
Charles County Govt Building

Experts say that fixing this land-use comp plan is the “last opportunity” to assure Mattawoman’s health, but the present plan “will not” do it.


Click each title for more information

  • 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
  • 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
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Critical Hearing!
Comprehensive Plan
Board of County Commissioners
May 17, 6:30 PM
Charles County Government Bldg

This hearing kicks off the climax to a five-year revision process. For the 1st time ever, local elected officials have the authority to fix a land-use plan that has been harming the Mattawoman for 25 years. They are holding this hearing before tackling the plan.

The plan is little changed since 1990, when Mattawoman had "near to ideal conditions," according to fishery scientists. Now they say it's at the "tipping point" for "irreversible deterioration" due to forest loss and polluted stormwater runoff.

Please attend this hearing! Ask elected officials to fix the plan! Past performance by a majority of this Board of Commissioners tells us they will listen!

New Hearing

May 11, 5 PM
Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant permit renewal

La Plata Library, 2 Garret Ave

Maryland Dept. of the Environment

It's time for MDE to ensure that the chronic overflows from sewage lines to the WWTP plant are finally fixed as a condition of the permit renewal.

On March 3, MDE held a hearing on a permit renewal for the Mattawoman Wastewater Plant to discharge effluent to the Potomac River. The court recorder missed the hearing, so a new hearing is scheduled for May 11.

The plant's construction enabled the Mattawoman watershed to be declared a "development district." The subsequent development is the reason Mattawoman Creek has gone from "near to ideal conditions" when the plant was built, to the  "tipping point" for irreversible deterioration.