Charles County, Maryland

Watershed Assessments

Watershed Assessments

Detailed watershed assessments for the 10 major watersheds in Charles County were initiated in summer 2014.  The goals of the assessments are to:

  1. Determine current water quality conditions;
  2. Include the results of a visual watershed inspection;
  3. Identify and rank water quality problems;
  4. Prioritize all structural and nonstructural water quality improvements;
  5. Specify pollutant load reduction benchmarks and deadlines that demonstrate progress toward meeting all applicable stormwater wasteload allocations (WLAs). 

The Charles County Planning Commission held a Public Meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the County Commissioner's Meeting Room located in the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland, on the following draft Watershed Assessments: 

Gilbert Swamp Watershed Assessment (posted 2/12/2018)
Nanjemoy Creek Watershed Assessment (posted 2/12/2018)
Potomac River Watershed Assessment (posted 2/12/2018)
Wicomico River Watershed Assessment (posted 2/12/2018)
Zekiah Swamp Watershed Assessment (posted 2/12/2018)

The slide presentation from the February 26, 2018 Public Meeting:

Public Meeting Watershed Assessment Briefing Slideshow 

These watershed assessments were prepared in accordance with County's municipal separate storm sewer system permit. Comments will be taken at the Public Meeting and also for 30 days following the meeting, which is March 28, 2018. Comments may be sent by mail to Charles County Department of Planning and Growth Management, Planning Division, P.O. Box 2150, La Plata, MD 20646, Attn: Karen Wiggen; or by e-mail to WiggenK@CharlesCountyMD.Gov.  For alternatives to reviewing the plans online, or further information, please contact Karen Wiggen at (301)-645-0683 or by e-mail at WiggenK@CharlesCountyMD.Gov.  

The following assessments have been completed and are under final review by the Maryland Department of Environment:

Port Tobacco River Watershed Assessment (posted 5/05/2016)
Mattawoman Creek Watershed Assessment (posted 2/21/2017)
Lower Patuxent River Watershed Assessment (posted 2/21/2017)

The watershed assessments will allow the County to identify and prioritize watershed restoration projects and target pollutant sources for load reduction.

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE:  All publications located within the Planning and Growth Management section of the web site are believed to be accurate as of their posting date. However, they may not be accurate on the day you view them. To verify whether these documents are the most current official document, please contact the division associated with the document in question.