The WCD means:

       less sprawl,
               less traffic growth,
                     strong schools,
                            stable tax rates,
                                  higher home values,
                                        purer air,
cleaner rivers & streams,
                                                  assured water supply,
                                                          cherished rural character,
                                                               healthier Mattawoman Creek!
When a majority of Charles County commissioners--Peter Murphy, Amanda Stewart, and Ken Robinson--adopted the WCD, they reflected the public sentiment for less sprawl and more conservation that led to the 2016 comprehensive land-use plan. This means the Mattawoman Creek watershed and headwaters of the Port Tobacco River will be spared 17,000 new housing units as computed by pro-growth real-estate lobby.

But there is still work to do!

Unfortunately, hundreds of acres around the Maryland airport are still being considered for industrial development. Such development is contrary to the comprehensive plan, would damage an exceptionally sensitive environment, and would force taxpayers to spend millions for new sewer. This makes no sense, since market studies find the area to be uncompetitive with the surrounding region, which already has infrastructure.

Further, there is a large “pipeline” of previously approved projects. And previous zoning for new commercial development is exempted from the WCD, even though some is right in the Mattawoman Stream Valley. Future projects need close monitoring.

-New Comprehensive Plan brightens prognosis for Mattawoman's future health. The Watershed Conservation District is keyLearn more here.


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  • Co-founder of MWS receives Heritage Award At their annual dinner on September 22, 2017 the Conservancy for Charles County feted Jim Long, current president of the Mattawoman Watershed Society, with its annual Heritage Award. Cited was ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 12:58 PM by
  • Major subdivision proposed for Nanjemoy denied on appeal On September 12, 2017, the Charles County Board of Appeals unanimously overturned the Planning Commission's previous approval of Washington's Discovery, a major subdivision proposed in the heart of ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:16 AM by
  • Mattawoman featured by Chesapeake Bay Program In a September 1st, 2017 post, Mattawoman Creek was featured by the Chesapeake Bay Program, the crucial agency overseeing the Bay cleanup. Read the article "Preserving the pristine Mattawoman Creek ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2017, 8:12 AM by
  • WCD passes! The Watershed Conservation District, passed by Charles County Commissioners Peter Murphy, Amanda Stewart, and Ken Robinson in June, 2017 is a key step to conserve Mattawoman Creek's integrity and ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 11:07 AM by
  • MWS co-founder receives award Bonnie Bick, board member and co-founder of MWS, received the Carl Weber award at the 22nd annual conference of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council in Linthicum MD on ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 1:11 PM by
  • MWS at MWMC conference MWS was a co-author on an oral presentation and a scientific poster at the annual conference of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council on December 2, 2016. Jim Long, MWS ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 1:06 PM by
  • MWS wins appeal--protects rural Billingsley Road MWS has successfully appealed the approval of the huge Guilford subdivision proposed for Bryans Road. On November 16, the Charles County Board of Appeals overturned Planning Commission's controversial approval ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 11:11 AM by
  • MWS volunteers receive award Bonnie Bick and Jim Long, co-founders of the Mattawoman Watershed, have been presented with the 2016 Melissa Laser award for protecting fish habitat. The award is conferred annually by ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 7:05 AM by
  • 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
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Board of Appeals declines to reconsider! 
Natural gas compressor station

Dominion Cove Point wants to build a huge natural-gas compressor next to Piscataway National Park near Bryans Road. It is part of "Eastern Market Access," a large project in Maryland and Virginia being pursued by Dominion to exploit fracked gas.

The compressor, called Charles Station, would combust natural gas to drive a pair of compressors totaling over 24,000 horsepower. Two 50-foot stacks would exhaust combustion products.

The Charles County Board of Appeals denied a special zoning exception for this industrial facility. Now Dominion has petitioned for a reconsideration. The Board will take this up on May 22. More information can be found here.

The station would profoundly alter a unique landscape that over 60 years ago began as a conservation area to protect the view from Mt. Vernon! Since then, the area has attracted many conservation-minded individuals and easements. It is located in the Pomonkey Creek watershed (which is adjacent to the Mattawoman watershed), is next to Piscataway National Park, and is surrounded by wetlands.

In spite of a history of fires and explosions at compressor stations, permitting agencies are silent on the probability of such an accident.

Dominion wants the compressor station in order to fuel the gigawatt Mattawoman Energy generating plant in the Mattawoman Creek watershed in Brandywine, even though it is currently "suspended."  This power plant can't go forward without the compressor station. The Mattawoman Energy plant would: lead to more atmospheric nitrogen deposition;  pollute a hiqh-quality Tier II segment of Mattawoman with antiquated stormwater treatment; and has 17 miles of utility pipelines crossing streams and wetlands in the Mattawoman, Zekiah, and Piscataway watersheds.