Maryland Water Monitoring Council

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Founded in 1994, the Maryland Water Monitoring Council (MWMC) serves as a statewide collaborative body encouraging effective collection, interpretation, and dissemination of environmental data. The MWMC strives to improve communication within the the Maryland water monitoring and management community regarding issues, policies, and resource management. The Council is aligned under the Maryland Department of Natural Resources with a Board of Directors having representatives from local, state and federal agencies, private industry, academia, and citizen and regional organizations.

The MWMC addresses the full range of aquatic and watershed resources in Maryland - ground and surface waters, freshwater, estuarine and marine environments, and associated watershed resources. From environmental justice to climate change adaptation; from surface water regulatory programs to the Chesapeake Bay TMDL; the Council is an excellent venue for both professionals and lay persons to keep abreast all of all things watery in Maryland.

The MWMC sponsors a number of standing committees and ad hoc workgroups that meet regularly throughout the year. These groups work through a process of consensus to help achieve the Council’s purpose and goals. Committees and workgroups sponsor workshops from time to time.

The Council also holds an Annual Conference to promote an exchange of information within Maryland's water monitoring community. For more details see the Annual Conference Page.

To find out how you can get involved in the Council or join our e-mail list, email Katherine Hanna (Executive Secretary) at

Our Mission

At the Maryland Water Monitoring Council, our mission is to:

  • Provide documentation of all of the varied monitoring activities that are taking place in the State of Maryland
  • Provide a forum for effective communication, cooperation, and collaboration among the individuals and organizations involved in monitoring
  • Promote the use of quality assured procedures for sample collection, data management, analysis and assessment
  • Facilitate the development of collaborative watershed-based monitoring strategies
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