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Greetings! 

Fall 2007

The pleasures of fall have arrived.  For many of us, spending time at the County Fair heralds the fall, along with juicy apples, shorter days and cooler nights. 

Thanks to our many Alliance partners and volunteers who staffed the Alliance booth in the City Streets, Country Roads Building and made the exhibit a happening place where citizens could learn about creative strategies to improve watershed health.  Special thanks to our sponsors for all of their help and hard work: Jennifer Willoughby & ICPRB; Kathy Marmet & Robert Strasser with the Maryland Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation; Susan Hanson & members of the Friends of Rural Roads, Jim & Teresa Gallion with Wildlife Gardening Adventures; Jim Voigt & Mel Poole with Catoctin Mountain Park; John Brognard & friends with the Potomac Valley Fly Fishers; Dave Robbins with DNR’s Fire Wise Maryland Program; Jamie Thurman with Community Commons; Nate & Tom Anderson with the Frederick Forestry Board; volunteers with the VoiCes program of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; & Bob Schaeffer, Carolyn & Bob Moroney with the Audubon Society of Central MD!  Well done!

I think you’ll enjoy hearing some good watershed news!  Read about three young men in Mt. Airy who started Citizens for a Green Mount Airy with multiple initiatives for sustainability.  A similar “Greening” effort is being launched in Emmitsburg on September 26th, through their Green Living Forum, a joint initiative of the local business, religious and civic communities.  Other watershed initiative taking place in the public sector include the Board of County Commissioners adoption this summer of the Linganore Stream Protection Ordinance and local planning underway for a “Water Resources Element“ in the County and municipal comprehensive plans.

You may have missed the celebration of the considerable achievements of the Friends of Waterford Park in improving Rock Creek and Waterford Parks in the City of Frederick or the members of the Brook Hill United Methodist Church who created their “miracle” rain garden (with so little rain) this spring and summer.  If you’re like me, you’ll be glad to hear that the number of acres of farmland that is permanently protected from development is growing and that the funds under the state’s “Flush” tax program are available to replace 60+ septic systems with new nitrogen reducing systems with the best currently available technology.

Of course, there is tough news as well.  The fact that our waterways are polluted with a variety of substances including fecal coliform bacteria and other pollutants is a sobering reality that challenges us to change our ways and encourage one another in the process.  Certainly you and I are a part of the solution as well as the problem so check out the Alliance calendar to see how you can get involved.  There are numerous opportunities to plant native trees, learn to practice “greener” lifestyles and join the efforts of conservation groups.  Join us, bring your friends and help improve the health of Frederick County’s watersheds!

Sincerely,                    

Kay Schultz
Community Restoration Coordinator

www.watershed-alliance.com