Sustainable Frederick County
Spring 2020
Join OSER's Earth Day Campaign!
April 22, 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson , then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Earth Day is recognized as the planet's largest civic event. The celebration starts on April 16th with the beginning of "Earth Week." Celebrate all week with us by joining our social media campaign! Here's how to participate:

  • Take a photo of yourself in nature or a photo showing ways that you have gone green to help the environment
  • Post your photos to Facebook and Instagram using #sustainablefcmd & #EarthDay50
  • If you would us to share your photo on OSER's social media pages tag us @sustainablefcmd on Facebook and Instagram.

Below are some actions that you can do for each day of Earth Week!
County Executive Jan Gardner Hosts Virtual Town Hall and Presents Fiscal Year 2021 Budget
Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner has been working hard to provide citizens with updates on the County's response to coronavirus COVID-19. The County Executive hosted a Virtual Town Hall on March 31, 2020 to provide the latest information and to answer questions from the public. The County Executive was joined by Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, Health Officer and Director of the Frederick County Health Department; Fire Chief Tom Coe, Director of the Division of Fire & Rescue Services; Director Jack Markey, Division of Emergency Management, and Director Helen Propheter, Office of Economic Development. The Virtual Town Hall can be viewed by online.

The County Executive also presented her proposed Fiscal Year 2021 annual operating budget online on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The budget focused on providing essential budget services to the citizens of Frederick County. “Frederick County citizens expect and deserve to live in a safe community, to have outstanding schools, and to count on essential services like water and sewer and trash disposal. While the county budget revenue is projected to decline because of the economic impact of the health pandemic on our economy, the demand for essential services and the need to protect public health has increased,” Executive Gardner said. “Frederick County’s fundamental underlying economy is strong, and I am confident we will weather the storm and once again have a thriving economy.” The full budget presentation can be viewed online.
OSER Updates - Construction Projects
The second round of Creek Releaf tree plantings are currently underway! On April 7 th landscapers planted a total of 910 trees at Creagerstown Public Park (pictured at left) . This project was funded in part by Maryland’s Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. Under Governor Hogan's Executive Order, agriculture is deemed to be an essential workforce that is still conducting operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The County also completed a number of new watershed restoration projects that included pond retrofits at Dudrow, Transit B,(funded in part by Maryland’s Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund). Ponds at Round Tree, Adamstown Park and Highway Operations were also completed.. The retrofits will achieve the water quality volume and channel protection volume required by current codes.
Round Tree Stormwater Pond
Dudrow Stormwater Pond
Highway Operations
Frederick County Health Department Stormwater Pond
While You Are At Home - Tips and Resources
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We are all in this together. Stay home and stay safe. While you are sheltering in place, we've gathered some helpful tips and resources:

  • Future Harvest and the Maryland Farmers Market Association have announced a new online map to help people find fresh, local foods in the Chesapeake Bay region during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


  • To protect the pipes in your home and keep our sewers functioning, please do not flush anything besides toilet paper down the toilet.  It could cause blockages and damage to sewer systems. Click here for additional COVID-19 septic system information from the Maryland Department of the Environment.

  • The Frederick County Department of Utilities and Solid Waste Management invites K - 12 students to enter their 2020 "Recycle Right!" Student Learning Contest! Visit the contest website to get all the details. The deadline is May 8, 2020.


  • Frederick County Public Libraries is offering livestreamed storytimes, virtual programming, and millions of digital titles available for download from where you are.

  • The Arbor Day Foundation is celebrating Arbor Day in a big way on social media! Post a photo of your favorite tree, use the hashtag #arbordayathome, and tag them. They will plant a tree on your behalf in one of our nation’s forests…up to 50,000 trees! Submissions must be received by April 24, 2020.

Local Distilleries Transition from Spirits to Hand Sanitzers
McClintock Distilling Company cofounders, Tyler Hegamyer and Braeden Bumpers
McClintock Distilling Company in Frederick, Maryland is helping the local community in the wake of the COVID-19 virus. They have started producing hand sanitizer in bulk. They are donating and selling it to emergency responders, retirement communities, assisted living facilities and other high-risk communities. They are also doing deliveries and curbside sales direct to consumers. Cofounder Braeden Bumpers said that they have hired ten workers who were laid off from the local restaurant industry to help in their operations. They have never been so busy.
 
McClintock Distilling Company is Maryland's first and only organic distillery and the first distillery powered 100% by renewable energy. It has pioneered new production technologies to reduce waste. It has used renewable energy and organic and locally-sourced ingredients to set a new standard in the distillery industry. In 2019, McClintock Distilling Company received a Sustainability Award in the "Commercial" category from the Frederick County Sustainability Commission. 
Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance Update
The Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance Quarterly meeting was held in early March at the Urbana Library. Our guest speaker was Francis Smith, Natural Resources Technician with the Maryland Forest Service .  Francis delivered a presentation on the concept of agroforestry and the state's ongoing efforts to educate the public about the potential for incorporating this approach on their lands, both public and private.  Agroforestry  is a land use management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland.

Thank you for your presentation Francis!
Forest Resource Ordinance Bill
The County Council hearing for the Forest Resource Ordinance Bill to increase forest conservation efforts is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the first floor hearing room at Winchester Hall.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in accordance with the continued direction of the Governor banning large gatherings,the County Council has taken the precaution of holding virtual meetings. If the current direction by the Governor remains in May, the May 5, 2020 meeting will be held virtually.
Frederick County COVID-19 Joint Information Center
Frederick County Government opened a Joint Information Center (JIC ) to coordinate Information during the COVID-19 Response and Agency Updates. The Frederick County Health Department is the lead agency for this effort and the JIC contains representatives from 18 other county government and partner organizations. The complete list of agencies who are part of the JIC is available at   www.frederickcountymd.gov/jic.

Frederick County residents can call 866-411-6803 to reach our local 211 center with general questions about coronavirus or COVID-19. Accurate COVID-19 information is critical to the community. Residents can also text the keyword FredCoVID19 to 888777 and receive official information from Frederick County. This new opt-in feature is offered through Alert Frederick County. To sign up for notifications, visit  FrederickCountyMD.gov/Alert.

For the most current and accurate information about this situation, please refer to the following: