Carroll and Frederick county residents, civic organizations, schools, groups and property owners are being invited to take part in a stream naming contest to have their suggestions officially designated by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The contest, known as "The Monocacy Starts Here," is sponsored by the Monocacy Scenic River Citizens Advisory Board. Board members said in a press release this week that they recently realized that many streams flowing into the Monocacy still remain unnamed — more than 400 years after the region's first maps were drawn.
For an inaugural piece of the contest, the board selected three streams in each county that flow into the larger network of the Monocacy River.
"Though officially naming our community's streams, we hope to engage local care, concern and stewardship of our irreplaceable water resources," said Brian Cronin, the Board's chair from Carroll County.
The board has established a five-member review panel representing both counties that will evaluate submissions and select a winning nomination for each stream early next year. The six selected stream name suggestions will be forwarded to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names at the USGS for review, approval and ultimately permanent legal recognition.
In Carroll, the streams that need names include one section northwest of Taneytown; another approximately 1.4 miles west of Westminster along Bell Road, east of New Windsor; and a third stream that's east of Union Bridge near Bark Hill.
Anyone interested in suggesting a name for the waterways may visit the website, http://www.TheMonocacyStartsHere.org for forms, submission rules, stream location maps and more. All submissions are due by Dec. 31, 2012.