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Task Force: more urbanization a big problem for Mattawoman

posted Mar 27, 2012, 8:52 AM by   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 1:13 PM ]

The pollution running from the roofs, roads, and parking lots of overdevelopment, combined with loss of filtering forest, is causing big problems for Mattawoman Creek's famous fish community. Here's what fisheries scientists are saying: 


“Planned levels of  development...should be reconsidered in light of the extent of declines detected in the fish community.”


"Fisheries managers are increasingly concerned that the largemouth bass fishery in Mattawoman Creek will decline as development increases. ...conserving remaining natural areas and working farms are important for maintaining Mattawoman Creek’s high quality bass fishery."  Case Study here.  


Yet Charles County is considering an extreme land-use plan that would make matters worse! Who needs a "development district" larger than Washington D.C. in a rural county?  Not the fish!

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