You can help support the Monocacy Scenic River!

The Monocacy River is the largest river in Frederick County and provides more than a quarter of the City of Frederick’s drinking water, but its waters are threatened. Polluted runoff carries sediment, phosphorus, and fecal bacteria into the river each time it rains; the Maryland Department of the Environment declared that the Monocacy River shows unhealthy levels of all three pollutants.


Members of the Monocacy Scenic River Citizens Advisory Board, and staff and residents of Frederick and Carroll Counties have worked together for two years to write the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan, an official document describing the River’s history, ecology, and resources and how to protect them.

(Read the 2016 Update of the Monocacy River Management Plan here.)


If fully implemented, the recommendations in this plan will help Frederick County reach its pollution reduction goals required under state and federal regulations, protect our drinking water, and improve the Monocacy for wildlife habitat – but before they adopt the Plan, the Advisory Board needs to see that Frederick County is behind the plan!

RSVP here to stand for clean water in Frederick at the next Monocacy Board meeting!

The Advisory Board will meet at Winchester Hall on January 4, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, to review comments they’ve received about the Plan and decide whether to adopt it as written or weaken the recommendations within it.

(Read one Board member’s thoughts on the plan and the controversy surrounding it here.)

Please join other friends of the Monocacy River to show the Monocacy Scenic River Citizens Advisory Board (and our elected council members) that you support these science-based, common-sense recommendations for protecting the river.

• Wear blue for clean water.

• No need to prepare remarks – this isn’t a hearing. We’ll be showing our silent support.

• Be ready to learn about the importance of buffer zones and other river protections!

RSVP here to protect clean water in Frederick County.

Can’t make it? Submit comments online.

Some Related Content:

A plan for protecting OUR Monocacy River!
December 12, 2016
by Jack Lynch

Support the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan
November 5, 2016
Jennifer Kunze

Clean Water Action supports the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan
November 10, 2016
by Jennifer Kunze

Funding for polluted runoff protections falls short in Frederick
August 17, 2016
by Jennifer Kunze


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