The WCD means:

       less sprawl,
               less traffic growth,
                     better schools,
                            better tax rates,
                                  higher home values,
                                        purer air,
cleaner rivers & streams,
                                                  cherished rural character.
And county water doesn't run out as presently predicted.

Without the WCD, the growth industry says it could build nearly 17,000 new housing units in the Mattawoman Creek watershed and headwaters of the Port Tobacco River. And that's without "bonus densities," which could more than double that number.

When Charles County
Commissioners listened to citizens and passed the new comprehensive land-use plan in July of 2016, Mattawoman's future brightened. The plan is implemented through amendments to the zoning ordinance and zoning map. Zoning of the Watershed Conservation District is a key element of plan because it curtails sprawl development with significantly lower densities.

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


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  • 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
  • MWS events at Discover Quest On Aug. 13 and 14, 2016, MWS sponsored several events at Discover Quest, Charles County's tourism bash held in conjunction with the BassMasters Elite national bass tournament. On the ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 4:21 PM by
  • MWS photo voted tops During the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, the Alice Ferguson Foundation runs a photo contest. This year MWS won! The photo shown is not the winner. For that, a trash ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2016, 6:22 AM by
  • 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
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Watershed Conservation District Comment period closes June 3
Charles County is accepting comments only through its online form, U.S. mail, or in person.

On the form, please make sure to click "support" to save Mattawoman Creek.
The WCD stems the sprawl development that is harming Mattawoman Creek and that has put Charles County on the bottom rungs. Of all counties in Maryland, Charles has the greatest use of school trailers, the longest commute times, and the highest property tax rate needed to service sprawl development.

By lowering zoning density, the WCD will address these problems.

It also enhances home values by reducing competition from 17,000 more housing units and by maintaining green space.

It ensures enough drinking water--presently allocations are projected to fall short by millions of gallons per day by 2040. 

It protects the Indian Head navy base, county's largest employer, against encroachment.

It reduces the growth rate, which studies find is connected to greater prosperity and a greater likelihood for affordable housing.