The Prettyboy Watershed, home for the headwaters of the Gunpowder River, is a place loved by residents and visitors alike for its rural and scenic beauty.
Historically, William Hoffman - one of the first paper makers in Maryland - chose the Gunpowder as the site for his paper mill in 1775. His reason? To make the high quality paper required for our nations first currency, exceptionally clean water was needed.
Even today the Gunpowder and its tributaries, while no longer as pristine as Hoffman found them, still rate as some of the least impaired in Baltimore and Carroll Counties. The challenge now faced by current landowners is make to sure that further deterioration does not occur - in fact there are five steps that we, as current stewards of the land, can take that will improve our land and its streams.
The Prettyboy Watershed Alliance, a citizen-led group, was formed in 2003 to support you in these efforts. In turn we rely on the support of people like you. Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time or making a donation to help us with our work.