Lower Monocacy River
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy

The Lower Monocacy River Watershed is part of the Potomac River Watershed and encompasses 194,700 acres in three counties in Maryland: Frederick, Montgomery, and Carroll. 87% of the drainage area is within Frederick County, 3% in Carroll County, and 10% in Montgomery County. The 264 square miles of the watershed within Frederick County are the main focus of this Watershed Restoration Action Strategy. The Watershed is ranked in the state's Clean Water Action Plan as a "Priority Category 1 and Select Category 3 Watershed".

In the conduct of this WRAS, Frederick Countyís Division of Public Works and the Planning Department worked closely with Marylandís Department of Natural Resources staff on this two part process. During the first step, the DNR staff sampled and analyzed base flow nutrient concentrations and loading rates, gathered and analyzed existing information to develop a Watershed Characterization, field assessed selected stream corridors in the Upper Linganore and Bennett Creek Watersheds, and surveyed fish and aquatic invertebrate communities. During the second phase, the County organized a Lower Monocacy WRAS Steering Committee comprised of 40 representatives from 25 organizations. The Steering Committee reviewed DNR data, organized seven working groups to formulate goals and objectives, and reached out to owners of stream frontage in the Bennett and Upper Linganore Creek Watersheds through public meetings. The purpose of these meetings was to share WRAS findings and learn about landowner concerns.

As a result of this collaborative process, WRAS goals were adopted in seven areas. Detailed outreach/education and natural resource priorities accompanied by related nutrient reductions were developed. Examination of stream corridor conditions on eight stream reaches in Bennett and Upper Linganore Creek Watersheds resulted in the identification of 51 priority sites for recommended actions. Also identified were twenty-two issues requiring further study categorized in three areas: capacity building, innovative techniques, and program changes.

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