What’s happening on the Monocacy River?
There is a new Monocacy River Management Plan (2016):
See Clean Water Action’s notice about the work here:
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:
On January 10, 2017, the editorial board of the Frederick News Post again made an argument for the adoption of the new management plan:
For an essay on the landowners’ concerns about the new plan, read:
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:
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: