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The Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance (MCWA) is coordinated by the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources and is a mutual, collaborative, non-advocacy effort among individuals and organizations desiring to work together to improve the health of the Monocacy and Catoctin watersheds.    Growing out of more than two years of action planning for the Monocacy Watershed Restoration Action Strategy (WRAS), a Frederick County coordinated and State assisted local planning process, participants decided to continue their affiliation and cooperation at its conclusion in order to help foster WRAS plan implementation.

Mission Statement
The Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance coordinates the efforts of a diverse group of stakeholders dedicated to the protection and restoration of the natural resources in the Monocacy & Catoctin watersheds.

Vision Statement
We envision a broadening and deepening stewardship ethic among an informed citizenry, which will help protect the County’s agricultural heritage and rural character, maintain and improve the quality of life, protect and treasure our natural resources, and manage future growth more wisely.  We envision healthy streams and rivers with forested buffers supplying clean drinking water and supporting healthy communities of aquatic and terrestrial life, as well as diverse and popular recreational uses.  We envision a healthy and vibrant agricultural community built on links with citizens who support local agricultural and renewable forest products.  We envision increasingly concentrated residential development using conservation design principles with access to collective transportation modes and a web of well-maintained trails.  We envision watershed conservation folks from all sectors and communities collaborating to implement effective conservation and restoration practices and foster a creative stewardship consciousness.

Click here for the Winter 2017 newsletter from the Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources and the Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance. 

POTOMAC WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP 2016 WINTER EXCHANGE - To Plant or not to Plant - What is the Right Way for the ROW? 
On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, more than 70 individuals from across the Potomac Basin joined together at Fox Haven Farm in Jefferson, Maryland, to discuss how to manage plantings in utility and road right-of-ways, as well in stormwater management areas, such as ponds.   Presentations from the event can be found here.  

MCWA MEETING NOTES: Our quarterly meeting was held on Wednesday, March 8th at Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center.  Our speakers were Frederick County Principal Planner, Tim Goodfellow who will give a presentation about Monocacy Scenic River Board’s Monocacy River Management Plan and Kristen Townsend from The Bee Connection.  ​ Our next meeting will be in May (date to be determined) at Bar-T Ranch.   Stay tuned for details!  

The Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources and MCWA partner organizations are developing an action-focused program that trains volunteers to lead projects with measurable benefits for local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. This new program, called "The Green Leader Brigade" will offer training modules and hands-on events on stream cleanups and storm drain stencilings. Please contact MCWA Coordinator, Suzanne Cliber for more information. 

Storm Drain Stenciling Training” presented by Bonnie Griesemer,
OSER Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Urbana Regional Library
Do you want to promote awareness about stormwater issues in your local community? This training will provide you with the tools to properly organize and lead a storm drain stenciling event. Registration is required


Ballenger Creek Trail Clean-Up - Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
The Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources Green Leader Brigade will be hosting a neighborhood cleanup site as part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 29th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Click here to volunteer.
Storm Drain Stenciling Project - Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon (Kingsbrook Drive, near Ballenger Creek Elementary).  Click here to volunteer.


Streamlink Tree Planting Events - April 15, 22, 29th 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  at the Waterside Community in Frederick.  Contact Lisa Baird at lisa.streamlink@gmail.com to sign up.