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 resources 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 June 28th, elected officials let it be known they had heard. They passed amendments to fix a land use plan that after a quarter century had brought Mattawoman Creek to the tipping point for irretrievable loss.

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 testimonials from a scientist and from an avid bass angler delivered at two different public hearings on the "comp plan."


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  • 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
  • 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
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Comment deadline,
wetland destruction permit
June 30, 5 PM

For a gas-fired power plant, cooling water pipeline pipeline, methane-gas pipeline, and power feedline.

Send comments to:
Jeff Thompson
MD Dept. of the Environment

The Mattawoman Energy power plant would be the latest addition to a cluster of plants in the Brandywine Area.
Map here.
Learn more here.

It's located in the upper watershed of the Mattawoman, within the sub-watershed of a high quality "Tier 2" segment. This segment can no longer absorb pollutants without degrading.

The gas and water-cooling pipelines run through Tier 2 sub-watersheds of the Mattawoman, Piscataway Creek, and Zekiah Swamp. 

Will MDE conduct an anti-degradation review for the power plant and pipelines to better protect the high quality streams? Write comments urging an anti-degradation review and Social and Economic Justification before considering a permit.

Discover Quest

August 13, 14
Noon to 5

Discover Charles County in the vicinity of Indian Head, including Mattawoman Creek!

Bass tournament activities!