Letter about the Monocacy River Plan to elected officials in Frederick and Carroll counties

I sent the following email on Friday, February 15th, to the Frederick County Executive and County Council, and to the County Commissioners of Carroll County. Dear Council Members and Commissioners: The turf … [Read more...]

Riparian Buffers – Celebrating Fifteen Years

The riparian buffers on our farm on Middle River are now fifteen years old. Fifteen years ago, the “River Farm” was basically a cool-season grass pasture with a few scattered mature trees along the banks of the river. … [Read more...]

In support of the Monocacy Scenic River Plan (SLIDE SHOW)

The following is an informative slide show, presented in support of the draft Update of the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan You can view it three ways: 1) Scroll through the images and text below, 2) Click here … [Read more...]

Couple goes solar and restores a creekside forest in Myersville

"I'm all about being green. And I think I've finally achieved net zero when it comes to electricity." Today, I am a retired federal employee with a utility bill of $5.36 a month. But a few years ago, before … [Read more...]

The Politics of Personal Destruction in Frederick County

EDITOR'S NOTE: We thank Rick Brace for sharing this perspective about one of the disturbing aspects of the recent, ongoing and heated controversy about the Monocacy Scenic River Advisory Board and its … [Read more...]

Watershed Workshops scheduled for Thurmont, Walkersville and Urbana

Do you want to learn more about water quality challenges facing the Monocacy River Watershed and what you can do on your own property to protect our water resources? What's a watershed? How does a stormwater … [Read more...]

Do you know where your water comes from?

In early December, about 150 gallons of lubricating oil was spilled into the Potomac River. The source was the NRG Energy power plant in Dickerson, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This spill didn’t … [Read more...]

Got brook trout? Then you’ve also got a healthy stream

“A wild trout in its native habitat is a compact example of the Earth working well.” — Christopher Camuto The brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is a small, brilliantly colored freshwater fish native to clear, cold … [Read more...]