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Magnificent Support for the Mattawoman
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by Danielle Seeley | 2012

Kayakers eager to enjoy the lotus blossoms turned out for the Maryland Sierra Club’s conservation outing on Saturday, August 18. Pushing off from Up the Creek Rentals, the explorers leisurely paddled along the Mattawoman Creek to enjoy the lush flora and fauna. Even though the lotus blossoms were highlighted on the trip, kayakers also saw cattails, wild rice, wood ducks, and blue heron. They stopped along the way to learn about the importance of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and the largemouth bass, the history of the long-abandoned gravel dredging site, and how the Charles County 2006 Comprehensive Land Use Plan is currently threatening this pristine freshwater marsh.

Magnificent Support for the Mattawoman

 

By Danielle Seeley—The Mattawoman Creek was full of kayakers eager to enjoy the lotus blossoms!

 Over 40 participants turned out for the Maryland Sierra Club’s conservation outing on Saturday, August 18. Pushing off from Up the Creek Rentals, kayakers leisurely paddled along the Creek to enjoy the lush flora and fauna. Even though the lotus blossoms were highlighted on the trip, kayakers also saw cattails, wild rice, wood ducks, and blue heron. They stopped along the way to learn about the importance of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and the largemouth bass, the history of the long-abandoned gravel dredging site, and how the Charles County 2006 Comprehensive Land Use Plan is currently threatening this pristine freshwater marsh.

Upon returning from the afternoon’s trip, participants were more than willing to sign petitions and learn more about what they could do to protect this area that is so near and dear to our hearts. Leaders of the campaign, Claudia Friedetzky and Bonnie Bick, offered their inspirational input over a picnic lunch. They explained how the Mattawoman Creek is facing development threats due to the continuation of failed land use policies of the past. If the 2006 Comprehensive Plan stays in place, it could irreversibly damage the water quality and fragile ecosystem that the Mattawoman currently provides to Charles County.

Saturday’s outing boasted overwhelming support and proved that the Mattawoman Creek is still an essential part of the Charles County community. It was truly inspiring to experience.   

 

Danielle Seeley is a second-year graduate student at Bard College and current outings intern for the Maryland Chapter. This piece is from her blog post for the Activist Network.          

 

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