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

The Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance (MCWA) held its quarterly meeting on June 14, 2018 at Waterford Park in Frederick, MD.  

Ginny Brace, a volunteer with “Friends of Waterford Park”, took MCWA members 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 area provided the tour group with an insight to the steps that have been taken to control invasive species and also how the recent flooding impacted some of the areas along Rock Creek.  Ginny also showed the group some of the interesting benches that have been added to the park.  Thank you Ginny and kudos to all of the volunteers who have made Waterford Park so beautiful!

MCWA Meeting Waterford

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