FoFC asks Planning Commission to vote in favor of restoring and protecting the Monocacy River

Matt Seubert, Advisor to Friends of Frederick County, asks the Planning Commission to support the Monocacy River Management Plan (October 18, 2017) Our objectives tonight are to convince you, and hopefully some of the landowners here, that this is a good plan and should be adopted.  The program here is a communal path to mutual prosperity […]

Citizen letter to Mayor McClement questions $27.8M taxpayer subsidies for corporate Marriott

July 6,2017 To the Mayor McClement and Board of Aldermen: Seven weeks ago you [Mayor McClement] claimed that NO PUBLIC MONEY would be going toward the Downtown Hotel and Conference Center; that in fact, Plamondon, the developer was paying for his Hotel and Conference center all by himself! That doesn’t ring true to me. Already, […]

Livable Frederick: FoFC continues to push for livable public services

In an effort to ensure we protect our environment and have adequate public services for all County residents FoFC joined with Cleanwater Linganore, Envision Frederick County, RALE and 1000 Friends of Maryland, to send this letter to those leading Frederick County’s long term planning process called Livable Frederick. Keep your expectations for our future high, […]

CALL TO ACTION: support Monocacy River Plan!

You May Have Heard About the Monocacy River Plan: those against it are much louder than we are! You may have heard about the controversy over the Monocacy River Plan. Unfortunately some of the information circulating is untrue and is just being used to fuel a fire and disrupt ensuring our clean drinking water. We […]

Contamination of Frederick City’s Drinking Water with Polluted County Surface Water

Clean Streams, Healthy Drinking Water Read the full report: Contamination of Frederick City’s Drinking Water with Polluted County Surface Water. Frederick City get its water from Linganore Creek (42.4 %), the Monocacy River (28.6 %), the Potomac River (16.4 %) and from Fishing Creek (12.6 %). In 2013 City of Frederick tap water violated federal health […]

The polluted Monocacy River, our collective stewardship and collaboration

Published in the FNP 12/20/16 As someone who drinks public water that comes from the Monocacy River, I care about its cleanliness. Like everyone, I respect personal property rights, but I also respect taxpayer rights. So when I read about the hoopla at last week’s meeting over a plan to restore the polluted Monocacy River […]

SGAFC asks Planning Commission to Restore Public Process

Friends of Frederick County joins the Smarter Growth Alliance of Frederick County (SGAFC) to request Planning Commission support of Council Bill 16-10, APFO with DRRA. The proposed bill will restore the longstanding public process of considering an application for rezoning separately from a Developers Rights and Responsibilities Agreement (DRRA) and the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance […]

Zero waste is a goal worth aspiring to (published in FNP 2/19/16)

Zero waste? C’mon, get real. That’s impossible. There’s always going to be trash. Sheeesh, what planet are you from? Zero waste is a goal. Ending poverty, hunger and war are also goals. Just because we’re not going to achieve them in the near future doesn’t mean we should abandon them. If you start on a […]

4/2/16 REGISTRATION OPEN: The Future of Stream Restoration and Preservation in Maryland

The Future of Stream Restoration and Preservation in Maryland April 2, 2016 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Mount St. Mary’s University – Frederick Campus Register now – it’s FREE! Program ·    Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Margaret Palmer, University of MD ·    Panel Discussion ·    Sessions for citizens/watershed groups/anglers ·    Sessions for stream restoration professionals ·    Sessions […]

Countdown to 2017: risks to the Chesapeake Bay

Check out this Center for Progressive Reform report Countdown to 2017 Five Years In, Chesapeake Bay TMDL at Risk Without EPA Enforcement Executive Summary When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (Bay TMDL) out of local TMDLs for 92 individual Bay segments in 2010, reactions were polarized. Supporters […]