Winter 2010

2010 has been a great year for the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance. Our bimonthly meetings have been well-attended by an increasingly diverse number of partners. On-the-ground restoration projects- including warm season grass meadows, rain gardens, wetland enhancements, tree plantings, fish passage barrier removal, and more- have been completed throughout the County. Plus, we have a number of collaborations already in the works for 2011. Thank you to all of the partners and citizens who participate in our Alliance and support our efforts!

In this winter update, we bring attention to documents recently released and projects completed that may be of interest: Potomac Conservancy's annual State of the Nation's River Report; Frederick County's Water Resources Element; Green Valley Elementary School's Rain Garden (update); Little Lucy School's tree planting (which won the Marylander's Plant Trees 2010 School Challenge); and a new Tree ID Trail at Gambrill State Park.

Looking ahead to 2011, be aware of temporary area closures at Catoctin Mountain Park (weekdays M-Th through March) due to deer management, and a new ban on felt-soled waders and boots aimed at preventing the spread of disease and harmful algae in Maryland streams.

Please visit our calendar of events and our homepage for additional MCWA news and opportunities.

Best wishes for the new year!

Heather Montgomery
Community Restoration Coordinator


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