Planning Commission approved a preliminary plan for the huge Guilford project in Bryans Road May 18.

Over 3 dozen people protested by standing silently with signs asking for a hearing.

Many have asked the Planning Commission for a reconsideration of the decision. The Planning Commission will take up the question of whether to reconsider on July 13.

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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More information here.

Hearing: County-sponsored Airport Land-Use Study

Monday July 13, 6 PM
Arrive early to sign in

Charles County Planning Commission
Charles County Govt Bldg, La Plata

The public can testify on a draft land-use study for land around the Maryland Airport. The study's recommendations fall far short of a sensible approach that would protect environmentally sensitive lands feeding Mattawoman Creek.

Rather than recommend conservation to stave off residential development near the airport, the study promotes commercial and industrial development that would further degrade the Mattawoman. It promotes public subsidies for the failed Tech Park, which a market study found of questionable viability, the development of hundreds more forested acres around the airport, and a new terminal.

Hearing: Airport Supplemental Environmental Assessment

Thursday July 16  5-7 PM
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is pumping tens of millions into a private airport near the town of Bryans Road to extend the runway for commuter craft and corporate jets. Aquatic resources have been and will be heavily impacted. Hence an Environmental Assessment (EA) was needed by federal law.

Now the runway will be expanded a second time, requiring new deforestation and necessitating a supplement to the original EA. Neither the original EA or this supplement takes direct, secondary, and cumulative effects seriously.

It is time to conduct a full study of the effects in an Environmental Impact Statement, as recommended by the National Park Service for the original EA, but which the FAA ignored.

Hearing: Big-box Special Exception

Tuesday July 14
, 7 PM
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.

Once There Were Billions--vanished
birds of North America
Through June 2015
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History & the garden at the Castle

Martha, the last passenger pigeon on the planet, succumbed on Sept. 1, 1914. This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of this stunning extinction, when a part of the sky did, in fact, fall.

Martha is exhibited for the 1st time in 15 years, along with displays examining the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, and Heath Hen.