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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.

MCWA MEETING NOTES: The next MCWA meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Thurmont Library Community Room from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Parker Roy from the non-profit conservation corps ACE (American Conservation Experience). Contact Suzanne Cliber at 301-600-7414 for more information. 

Our last quarterly meeting was held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Bar-T Ranch from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.. Our speaker was Julie Devers, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. Julie spoke about their efforts to assess road-stream crossings.  Her presentation is available to view here

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.  

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 including stream cleanups, storm drain stencilings and tree plantings. Please contact MCWA Coordinator, Suzanne Cliber for more information.

The Green Leader Brigade stenciled 36 storm drains along Kingsbrook Drive in Frederick in May and on Earth Day volunteers picked up 240 lbs. of trash along Ballenger Creek Trail as part of the 29th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup!