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An all important issue: poor land use decisions threaten Mattawoman

What we put on the land—and where we put it—fundamentally determines water quality. In the words of fisheries scientists who have for years studied this land-water connection, “land conservation is fish conservation.”

Unfortunately, and despite many warnings, most of Mattawoman Creek’s watershed  has been targeted for rampant urbanization through Charles County’s “Development District,” which is 30% larger than Washington D.C.  As a result, the health of Mattawoman is now faltering.

Simply put, for a watershed like Mattawoman's, which is at the "tipping point" for degradation according to professional scientists and planners, “more pavement means less fish.”

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