2016 Update of the Monocacy River Management Plan

(Updated Feb. 2, 2017)
Introduction & Description of River Management Plan
(Presentation made at the November 9, 2016 Public Meeting in Frederick)
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The 2016 Monocacy River Management Plan



The Monocacy Scenic River Citizens' Advisory Board (River Board) released its Draft Monocacy River Management Plan in October 2016.  The 2016 Draft Plan revises and updates the 1990 Monocacy River Study and Management Plan, created by the River Board and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The River Board received 294 written comments on its 2016 Draft Plan through January 31, 2017, the end of the initial public comment period.  Additionally, the River Board accepted over 10 hours of public testimony on its 2016 Draft Plan at 5 public meetings:

  • November 7, 2016 (Taneytown)
  • November 9, 2016 (Frederick)
  • December 7, 2016 (Taneytown)
  • January 4, 2017 (Frederick)
  • January 24, 2017 (Walkersville)

At its February 1, 2017 meeting, the River Board voted to remove the proposed Monocacy River Resource Protection Area from the 2016 Draft Plan, plus made several additional revisions to the 2016 Draft Plan.  The River Board will hold its next regular monthly meeting on March 1, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Taneytown Fire Department (2nd floor offices), 39 East Baltimore Street, Taneytown, Maryland to review and discuss comments received through January 31, 2017.  The River Board may make additional changes to its 2016 Draft Plan at this meeting.

The River Board will release its final Draft Plan sometime in April 2017 for additional public comment prior to transmitting its final Recommended Monocacy River Management Plan to Frederick County, Carroll County, the City of Frederick and the Town of Walkersville for consideration.

Links to the 2016 Monocacy River Management Plan are shown below.  A compact disc containing the Plan can also be obtained from the Frederick County Division of Planning, 30 North Market Street, Frederick, Maryland or the Carroll County Bureau of Resource Management, 225 North Center Street, Westminster, Maryland.  A copy of the 2016 draft Monocacy River Management Plan is available for reading in the following libraries:

Taneytown Branch Library
10 Grand Drive
Taneytown, Maryland 21787

Thurmont Regional Library
76 East Moser Road
Thurmont, Maryland 21788

Walkersville Branch Library
57 West Frederick Street
Walkersville, Maryland 21793

Emmitsburg Branch Library
300 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727

C. Burr Artz Public Library
110 East Patrick Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701

Questions on the River Board's Draft Plan can be directed to:

Tim Goodfellow
Frederick County Government
Division of Planning and Permitting
30 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
301-600-2508

Byron Madigan
Carroll County Government
Bureau of Resource Management
225 North Central Street
Westminster, Maryland 21157
410-386-2167