Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance


The Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance (MCWA) is coordinated by the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER) 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 the 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 broadening and deepening stewardship ethic among and infored 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.  

Quarterly Meetings

Our next Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance quarterly meeting will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Waterford Park in Frederick, MD.  

Ginny Brace, a volunteer with “Friends of Waterford Park”, will take us on a tour of the park to see how it has transformed over the last 12 years from an open field to one with many trees planted (and also a food forest!) A walk through the wooded areas of the park will provide us with an insight to the steps that have been taken to control invasive species and we’ll also have a chance to see the new tunnel and bridge that connects downtown Frederick with the west side of town.  

We will be meeting at the park entrance which is located at 199 Meadowdale Lane, Frederick, MD 21702 (on GPS). Parking is available along the street.

If you wish to participate and receive alerts about upcoming events and meetings for MCWA, please visit our Register page to subscribe!