UPDATE on the challenge to the enormous Guilford subdivision: on October 11, the Charles County Board of Appeals held a hearing in a room packed with concerned citizens who heard why this project in Bryans Road is such a bad idea. Arguments had not finished by 10:45 PM, so the hearing will be continued at a date to be determined.  It was announced at the hearing that those who signed up to speak will be heard then.

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 stress overcrowded schools.
See the video of the October 11th hearing.
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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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  • 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 Aug 25, 2016, 5:03 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
  • 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
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Board of Appeals: continuance of challenge to the Guilford project in Bryans Road

Date to be announced
Charles County Government Bldg

The approval of this huge subdivision is being challenged. The first hearing on Oct. 11th will be continued at a later date to be determined. The public was improperly excluded from commenting, so the approval by the Planning Commission occurred in a partial vacuum. The project would increase traffic on rural Billingsley Road by 60% and damage Mattawoman Creek.