How can I get involved
in the Clean Water Action Plan?

As part of the federal Clean Water initiative, the State of Maryland, in cooperation with local governments, watershed organizations and other stakeholders, developed a Clean Water Action Plan to help guide the State's watershed management efforts. Through this process, a list of priority watersheds needing restoration was created. Restoration strategies are being developed for these priority watersheds that will include an action plan for restoration.

In September 1998, six regional meetings, hosted by the State's Tributary Strategy Teams, were held throughout the State. The public was encouraged to attend these meetings, to learn about the Clean Water Action Plan, contribute local information about the condition of rivers and streams in these watersheds and send us comments about the process. The location of these meetings and a summary of comments follow:

Upper Marlboro Frederick Douglas High School
Wednesday, September 2, 7-9pm
Summary of comments receivedů

Cumberland Allegany Community College
Wednesday, September 9, 7-9pm
Summary of comments receivedů

Baltimore Essex Community College
Thursday, September 10, 7-9pm
Summary of comments receivedů

Easton Chesapeake College
Wednesday, September 16, 7-9pm
Summary of comments receivedů

Frederick Winchester Hall
Wednesday, September 23, 7-9pm
Summary of comments receivedů

Salisbury Salisbury State University
Tuesday, September 27, 7-9pm
Summary of comments receivedů

Additional public comments received by mail were reviewed and considered in drafting the final report which was completed on December 31, 1998.

Now that the list of priority watersheds eligible for restoration activities in 1999 and 2000 are complete, how can you contribute to the process?

The State is interested in obtaining new information about water quality and resources in its watersheds for on-going assessments as well as for any future Unified Watershed Assessment activities. To provide the State with this information, contact:

Dr. Paul Massicot, Director
Resource Assessment Service
MD Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building, C-2
Annapolis, MD 21401

To work with Tributary Teams on projects to restore Maryland's watersheds and to get involved in the development of Restoration Action Strategies, see the Tributary Strategy site or contact Darlene Walker at (410) 260-8708.

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