In 1974 the Monocacy River was designated as a state scenic river, and in 1982 the National Park Service determined that the Monocacy River was among 5 percent of rivers across the nation eligible for designation as a National Scenic River.

The Carroll County Monocacy River Board serve as advocates for the Monocacy River, its watershed and the varied resources contained within. The Board is charged with promoting best management practices, advocating for sustainable land uses, and to encourage the restoration and enhancement of the natural resources within the Monocacy River Watershed.

This mission will be accomplished through public education, voluntary participation, and encouraging multi-jurisdictional partnerships that will maintain and improve the River’s water quality and ecological health while respecting the property rights of landowners within the watershed.

The River Board's objectives, as outlined by the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan (October, 2018), include:

  • Advocate for sustainable land uses, best management practices, and activities that respect the River, while respecting the property rights of landowners along the River
  • Maintain and improve the ecological health and productivity of the Monocacy River
  • Improve the River’s water quality
  • Promote land use compatibility and attention to environmentally sensitive areas to maximize conservation and sound use of the Monocacy’s riparian resources
  • Identify incentives and cooperative approaches for stewardship of significant scenic and ecological areas, historic and archaeological sites, and other valued River-related resources
  • Provide resource information about the Monocacy River for local, state, and federal governments, elected officials, civic groups, environmental organizations, and the residents of Carroll and Frederick counties
  • Develop multi-jurisdictional cooperation and coordination for the management and protection of the Monocacy River
  • Increase public awareness about important Monocacy River resource values through outreach and environmental education
  • Pursue the vision for the Monocacy River, articulated by Maryland’s Wild & Scenic River Act
  • Implementation of the Plan’s recommendations should not stop development or impede agricultural activities and other initiatives

Upcoming Meetings, Agendas, and Public Hearings


CARROLL COUNTY MEMBERS                                                         EXPIRATION DATE                                                                               

Ms. Rhonda F. Bean                                                                        March 31, 2026

Mr. Craig Connell                                                                            March 31, 2027

Dr. George Grillon                                                                          February 29, 2024

Mr. Bradley Stickles                                                                        December 31, 2024

Carroll County Liaison

Mr. Byron Madigan                                                  
Carroll County Department of Land & Resource Management                                                      

225 N. Center Street                      
Westminster, Maryland  21157                                
410-386-2712 (Office)                                             



5 Voting Members

4 Year Terms