Sustainable Monocacy Commission
The Sustainable Monocacy Commission’s purpose is to recommend policies that improve water quality, maintain and restore the ecological health and productivity of the Monocacy River and its tributaries, and conserve and protect wildlife habitat and the natural, cultural, and scenic character of the Monocacy River and its tributaries flowing in and through Frederick County.
Sustainable Monocacy Commission Highlights
2023 Monocacy River Report
An informational tool to educate and enlighten people about the incredible Scenic Monocacy River.
Monocacy River Access Point Map
A downloadable map identifying the locations of facilities allowing access to the Scenic Monocacy River.
Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail Map
A downloadable map, created by the Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation, containing information about the history, wildlife, and character of the Scenic Monocacy River.
Division of Planning & Permitting Offices
Basement Conference Room
30 N Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Rescheduled from November 16, 2023
Thursday, December 28, 2023
R. Gary Magnuson (Chair)
Andrew Celmer (Vice-Chair)
Charles E. Eirkson III
Alderwoman Katie Nash (Ex-Officio, City of Frederick)
Councilman Brad Young (Ex-Officio, Frederick County)
Sustainable Monocacy Commission Rules of Procedure
(Adopted August 26, 2021)
Monocacy River Maps, Reports, and Videos
Watershed Map of Frederick County
(8.5” x 11”) (34” x 44”) (42” x 50”)
Downloadable maps for the Monocacy River, Catoctin Creek, and Potomac River (Direct) watersheds in Frederick County. Watershed assessments have been compiled by the Frederick County Division of Energy and Environment for multiple watersheds and sub-watersheds, and reports can be found here.
Invasion of the Rusty Crayfish
Biologists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have found invasive Rusty crayfish in the Monocacy River. DNR has banned the catch, possession, and use of Rusty crayfish as bait in the Middle Potomac River Basin, which includes the Monocacy River watershed.
Potomac: The River Runs Through Us
A 2013 video that explains human impacts on streams and rivers and the effects these impacts can have on community water supplies and the natural environment.
If you find dead or dying fish in the Monocacy River or Potomac River, please contact the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Fish Kill Investigation Section at (443) 224-2731 or (800) 285-8195 (normal business hours).
On evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the Chesapeake Bay Safety and Environmental Hotline at 877-224-7229 or the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service at (301) 898-5443 with the time, date, location, fish species, and approximate number of affected fish. Photographs and a description of any unusual behavior or water conditions are also helpful.
If you notice a potential spill of a hazardous substance or another environmental problem that poses a threat to public health or grave impact to the environment, please phone the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Emergency Response Hotline at (866) 633-4686.
If possible, please have the following information available when calling:
- Name and telephone number of the person reporting the spill or issue
- The location of the event, including the name of the affected stream and a street address (or latitude & longitude)
- Identity of the spill material
- The date and time of release
- An estimated quantity of the material spilled, including the total mass, volume, or discharge rate
If it is not an emergency, the preferred method to report an issue is to use the County's reporting tool FCG FixIt, which will allow you to map the location and provide photos if desired. Alternatively, you may contact the Frederick County Division of Energy and Environment via:
Phone: (301) 600-1416
Text: (301) 900-5564
To contact the Sustainable Monocacy Commission, please send an email to MonocacyCommission@FrederickCountyMD.gov