NEWS (2016 Monocacy River Management Plan)

 

What’s happening on the Monocacy River?

 There is a new Monocacy River Management Plan (2016):

https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/monocacyriverplan2016

See Clean Water Action’s notice about the work here:

http://www.cleanwateraction.org/events/frederick-county-meeting-monocacy-scenic-river-management-plan

For an article about farmers’ opposition to the plan, see The Frederick News-Post’s Dec. 10, 2016 article, “Landowners push back against proposed Monocacy River protection area” by Samantha Hogan.

There was a subsequent letter to the editor concerning Frederick County Council member Kirby Delauter’s negative and somewhat uninformed response to the plan. Read more about the Frederick County Council here:

https://frederickcountymd.gov/591/County-Council

On January 10, 2017, the editorial board of the Frederick News Post again made an argument for the adoption of the new management plan:

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/opinion/editorial/maintaining-the-health-of-the-monocacy-river-must-be-a/article_be6be7fc-89e2-537e-805d-aaf4d166839a.html#comments

For an essay on the landowners’ concerns about the new plan, read:

http://blog.macrocommercialrealestate.com/the-monocacy-scenic-river-plan-an-essay-on-how-to-go-forward

NOTE THAT A COPY OF THE PLAN IS AVAILABLE AT THE LIBRARY (FCPL) AND THE COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2017.

As a result of property owner’s concerns (but, c’mon, “land grab”?) the plan is going to be revised, erasing the resource protection lines:

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/agriculture/river-board-erases-resource-protection-lines-from-plan/article_1249d1c4-2604-56a6-838c-560b92829c5b.html

A new draft of the plan states that,“Based on an archeological survey of the Monocacy River, any area within 200 yards on either side of the river has a high potential for archeological sites.” I wrote a bit about the Monocacy’s archaeological significance almost a year ago, in my blog entry, Trash from the Past. Of course, landowners are still upset:

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/monocacy-landowners-object-to-river-plan-s-reference-to-historic/article_a223fefe-d9be-5084-ab5b-453735237893.html