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

September 2018 Quarterly Meeting

The Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance (MCWA) held its quarterly meeting on September 5, 2018 at the University of Maryland Exension Services Building in Frederick, MD.  

Our guest speakers were OSER Project Managers, Don Dorsey and Jeremy Joiner and Master Gardener, Deb Keimig. Deb Keimig gave a presentation about Master Gardener committee activities, upcoming seminars, an overview of their newsletter, and major events including their upcoming booth at The Great Frederick Fair.   Don Dorsey and Jeremy Joiner gave a presentation about County stormwater projects, including projects at the Frederick County Extension Services site which will be partially funded by a grant that OSER received in June 2018 from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. Those projects include a micro-bioretention facility (rain garden), two proprietary filtration and treatment installations (Filterra), a rain harvesting system (rain wall) for Master Gardener use and reforestation down-gradient of the facility. Don Dorsey also took MCWA members on a tour of some of those projects during the meeting.   Thank you to Don, Jeremy and Deb for your wonderful presentations!MCWA September

Photos:  Pictured at left - Don Dorsey points out the location of a future rain wall installation on the UMD Extension Services building and explains how the water will flow to the Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden.  Pictured at right:  Don shows the location for a future micro-bio retention facility (rain garden) installation. 

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