Monocacy Scenic River Citizens Advisory Board
The Monocacy Scenic River Citizens Advisory Board equally represents Carroll and Frederick counties with members appointed by the Carroll County Commissioners and the Frederick County Commissioners.
The Board consults on a variety of activities within the Monocacy River Watershed in its role as an advocate for the River and its extended natural resources. The 10-member River Board was created in 1978 in response to the Monocacy River's 1974 designation as a State Scenic River. In 1982 the National Park Service determined that the Monocacy River is among the 5 percent of rivers across the nation eligible for designation as a National Scenic River.
The River Board's objectives, as outlined by the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan, include:
- Improving water quality
- Helping maintain and restore the ecological health and productivity of the River
- Encouraging land use compatibility and attention to environmentally sensitive areas to maximize conservation and use of riparian resources
- Identifying and facilitating appropriate uses and alternative protective measures of significant scenic and ecological areas, historic and archaeological sites, and other valued resources
- Providing resource information about the Monocacy watershed for local, state and federal governments, elected officials and the citizens of Carroll and Frederick counties
- Developing multi-jurisdictional cooperation and coordination for the management and protection of the River corridor
- Increasing public awareness about important river resource values through public relations and environmental education