Potomac River Clean-Up Mattawoman site

Details here.

Charles County sends draft Comprehensive Plan
to state for 60 day review!

Degradation of Mattawoman to continue if plan is not altered!

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.


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  • 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
  • MWS presents at 7th Stream Roundtable The Mattawoman Watershed Society presented "Citizen Monitoring Activities" at the 7th Stream Roundtable held in Annopolis on February 27, 2014. The roundtable is sponsored by the Maryland Water Monitoring Council ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2014, 9:07 AM by
  • MWS participates at River Herring Workshop On February, 6, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center held a workshop on the conservation and monitoring of River Herring in the Chesapeake Bay. MWS provided a history of spawning-usage ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2014, 4:24 AM by
  • MWS Accepted into the Herring Alliance The Herring Alliance, a coalition working to protect wildlife and ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast, has accepted the Mattawoman Watershed Society as a member organization. Founded by the Pew Environmental ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2014, 9:03 AM by
  • Maryland Native Plant Society Conservation Watch Much of the land that sheds water to Mattawoman, and the waters themselves, still harbor remarkable plant communities. As outlined in this MNPS article, all is threatened by a poor ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2014, 9:03 AM by
  • Salty freshwater streams?! Winter brings on the use of salty road treatments for safety. Recent research shows that rivers and streams are saltier as a result. This may explain why fewer River Herring ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2013, 7:31 AM by
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More information here.

Mattawoman Site Clean-Up
April 11
9 AM - Noon
Mattawoman Creek Road

MWS is sponsoring an event as part of the Potomac River clean-up bash. The number of participants is limited, so hurry to register at this website, where a map and other important information can also be found.

Returning Charles County Streams and Rivers to Health
Port Tobacco River Conservancy

Thursday, April 16
7 PM
Holiday Inn Express (map)
6860 Crain Highway, La Plata

Kirk Mantay, Watershed Restoration Director of the South River Federation, describes restoration efforts on Church Creek, and how the same practices can improve Charles County's watersheds. Light refreshments will be served.

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.