- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - An advisory panel is making scores of recommendations for enhancing and protecting the Monocacy River corridor in Frederick and Carroll counties.

The Monocacy (mah-NAH’-kah-see) River Citizens’ Advisory Board issued the draft management plan Thursday. It’s the first update of a 27-year-old management plan that was created as part of a state scenic river designation in 1974.

The document makes 77 recommendations for preserving historical and cultural resources, protecting the river ecology and enhancing recreational opportunities.

They include creating a community-based “riverkeeper,” similar to the existing Potomac Riverkeeper Network, which uses public campaigns and lawsuits to fight water pollution. The Monocacy is a Potomac River tributary.

The panel has scheduled public meetings Nov. 7 in Taneytown (TAW’-nee-town) and Nov. 9 in Frederick to discuss the plan.

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