Patuxent River Policy Plan

by David Michael Plott, Maryland Dep of State Planning, Baltimore, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Degradation of the Patuxent River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, prompted the Maryland General Assembly to establish the Patuxent River Commission and require preparation of a Policy Plan for the watershed. The Patuxent River Commission provides a forum for identifying issues and coordinating efforts by the seven watershed counties, State and federal agencies to restore the River. The Patuxent River Policy Plan, approved by the counties and the State in 1984, provides a common set of river restoration and protection policies. Protection of the River through land use planning and land management is the focus of the Policy Plan. Other State efforts to reduce point sources of pollution and monitor water quality complement the Policy Plan effort.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Water pollution | High-rise buildings | Water quality | Ecological restoration | Water policy | Chemical degradation | Quality control | Maryland | United States

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