Watershed Management


The Watershed Management Section has several goals for water quality in Frederick County, including:
  • Regulatory compliance including management of the mandatory National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit compliance and reporting; oversight on Industrial Discharge Permits for storm water; and coordination on Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements
  • Compliance with the state's storm water utility fee requirements
  • Pollution prevention and response to illicit discharges
  • Public outreach and education related to water quality from storm water
  • Stream assessment and water quality monitoring
  • Frederick County Stream Survey and Watershed Reports
  • Watershed assessment, protection and restoration (The section has published numerous watershed assessments, retrofit assessments and other documents, and has implemented and tracked over 729 acres of urban storm water restoration with its partners)
  • Green infrastructure assessment, protection and restoration. (Through a Green Infrastructure planning effort, the section has conducted natural resource assessments for wetlands, forests, and streams. Green Infrastructure is a priority for the Environmental Protection Agency and is tied to funding opportunities and regulatory programs. It is also connected to Frederick County's Comprehensive Plan.)
  • Coordination of the Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance, a non-advocacy group that works on water quality and habitat issue. Note that the Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance website is external to the Frederick County Government website. Please review our Website Disclaimer.

Documents and Resources

Watershed Maps

Hazardous Spill or Discharge

In case of any spill or discharge of a suspected hazardous or harmful nature, please notify 911 immediately. If it is a non-emergency, please contact Angelia Miller by email, at 301-600-2325, or report online.

Point of Rocks Neighborhood Storm Water Master Plan

Community members interested in this project can email Project Manager Donald Dorsey or reach him by telephone at 301-600-2952. Learn more by visiting the Current Projects page. 

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan

Read Frederick County Government's Analysis of Maryland Department of the Environment's local Watershed Implementation Plan targets for Frederick County .

Frederick County Stream Survey & Watershed Reports

We conducted a 4-year study of the health of waterways in Frederick County that the Frederick News-Post called "a sterling example of good local government at work, providing valuable information that enhances resources sustainability here and downstream." View the Frederick County Stream Survey and watershed reports.