Smart growth and water quality

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Watch this video on growth and impacts upon the Chesapeake Bay.  Smart growth really is one answer.

5/2 Water Watchers stream clean up!

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Water Watchers hold one last clean up for the season.  Help protect your streams and drinking water.  Help make the home for aquatic animals a bit cleaner – and flow better. Saturday May 2nd 10-noon and noon -2 Location to be determined.

4/18 Water Watchers Earth Day Celebration

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Come celebrate Earth Day with friends! Volunteers are the key to protecting our streams.  If we don’t pull out trash from streams, plant trees beside them, and identify stream sides that need more vegetation, who will?  So, this Earth Day give back! Saturday April 18th 10-noon and noon -2pm. Raffle prizes, food and more!  Location details forthcoming!

11-April 2015 Trash clean up on the Monocacy River 9-noon

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Water Watchers first spring clean up at Rivermist Park April 11, 2015 9 am-noon Volunteer!!! Support the Monocacy River Board’s Annual Clean Up!!   Wear good boots, long pants and gloves.  Water Watchers will give tshirts to all volunteers!  High School Students:  working on this campaign is a great way to get community service hours. […]

11/8 Rock Creek Clean Up

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Thanks team for your great work. We got tires, sofas, palates, another buried shopping cart and plenty of trash (about 300 gallons).  One of our Water Watchers who lives closeby will see about working on a sign that reads:  Stream water becomes tap water.  Streams are not for garbage.  Please use a trash can or […]

Polluted county streams to blame for City’s drinking water contamination

In 2013 City of Frederick tap water violated federal health standards for carcinogenic chlorination byproducts.  Three of the 8 official sampling sites had contaminant levels above what is considered safe for drinking.  This health hazard is a result of polluted source water (streams, rivers, lake); it is not due to any deficiency on the part of the Frederick […]

Free trees – fact sheets and planting guides

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Citizens concerned with water quality, your drinking water, land use and the environment are sharing trees. Please donate to our  Healthy Streams Frederick County campaign!   Learn about the trees and what environmental conditions they like. River Birch Fact Sheet and Planting Guide Redosier Dogwood Fact Sheet and Planting Guide           Silky Dogwood Eastern Red Bud […]

CEDS News Service: an opportunity to address storm water pollution and management

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Are Coops a way to resolve the stormwater BMP maintenance crisis and to allow Watershed Groups to quickly reduce stormwater pollution? Read about this and more by following the CEDS News Service.

Citizens lose again in taxpayers v BOCC: Frederick City drinking water soon to be dirtier

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Lake Linganore is the major drinking water source for Frederick City residents. Based upon a preliminary assessment it is clear that there are highly erodible soils and steep slopes adjacent to the streams and water bodies in the Linganore at Eaglehead PUD.   Clearing the land for development exacerbates sediment runoff into Lake Linganore and […]

Construction causing soil to flow into a stream? what to do!

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Here are some resources to help you: – A YouTube video of a workshop presented a month or so ago by Richard Klein of Community & Environmental Defense Services about the big six watershed pollution sources (construction, storm water, new development, pasture, cropland, point sources) and how citizen organizations can tackle them: http://youtu.be/mmERdOw0kCk – Potomac Riverkeeper’s Get […]