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

And the fight continues. Landowners, primarily farmers, object to the setback, despite it’s revision, arguing that their land is already regulated by other measures to keep waste and sediment out of the Monocacy. Others argue for clean drinking water:

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/agriculture/to-regulate-or-deregulate-that-is-the-question-for-monocacy/article_dd51947e-8307-5ac7-b129-5f2015de1024.html