WATERSHED WORK & WISDOM
MAY & JUNE, 2010
SAVE THESE DATES:
· June 26. Off Your Dock!! starts. Our new summer lake sampling project. Volunteers needed.
· August. Public comment period on Maryland Department of Environment draft report on phosphorous impairment at DCL.
· August 7 SPECIAL EVENT-– State of the Lake Forum sponsored by Friends of Deep Creek Lake.
OFF YOUR DOCK!!
We are looking for volunteers to sample lake turbidity from their dock. Turbidity is the suspended sediment in the water from stream run off and shoreline erosion. We seek volunteers from a couple docks in each cove and others areas around the lake.
Why? No research is being done in the “near shore” zone– shoreline to 100 feet out. Yet, this is where we spend most of our recreational time.
Specifics: We will provide equipment and training– starting on June 26. We need samples taken twice a week, and, if you have to be away, we can take the samples for you.
Donate funds so we can purchase the needed equipment.
Basic kit: $45–secchi disk to measure turbidity and special purpose thermometer for water temperature.
Complete kit: $115 –basic kit plus view tube for monitoring accuracy and turbidity tube to collect build-up of sediment.
MDE 2010 TMDL Study.
Under the federal Clean Water Act, Maryland Department of Environment assesses bodies of state waters for problems. These studies are called Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reports.
Previous studies have found the lake impaired for high pH levels from runoff from abandoned coal mines, which has been addressed by the dowser in Cherry Creek and for mercury from air born sources.
MDE is conducting a TMDL study on phosphorous in the DCL watershed. High levels of phosphorous release other nutrients into the water, which results in massive growths of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, algal blooms and water quality decline.
Next steps: By mid-August, MDE will release its TMDL report. There will be a public comment period on the draft report and a public meeting. Friends of Deep Creek Lake will inform the public when about the report and the public meeting. There will be a presentation on the TMDL report at our Forum.
SPECIAL EVENT: Forum on the State of the Lake, August 7. Sponsored by Friends of Deep Creek Lake.
Our community forum is underwritten in part by funds from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and is the focal point of our work with the University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Studies/EcoCheck. A Report Card on the lake will be forthcoming in the fall.
On the agenda:
l Dr Kelsey from EcoCheck will present an assessment of the state of the lake and tributaries drawing from existing research.
l Tim Rule and other MDE staff will discuss the draft TMDL report.
l Lee Karrh from DNR will be on hand to cover mapping of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation.
MEETINGS OF INTEREST:
l 6/26. Property Owners Association meeting. 9 am, Garrett Cinema.
l 7/12. Policy and Review Board meeting. 6 pm, Discovery Center.
ONGOING ORGANIZATIONAL WORK
Vista Volunteer. Mike Stanton started work with Friends of Deep Creek Lake in mid-May as a VISTA Volunteer. He is working to develop various database management systems which will be helpful to us.
Outreach and education.
l House meetings. We have found house meetings to be the best way to share our work and learn of concerns of property owners. Three meetings are scheduled– Hickory Lane, Hickory Ridge and Turkey Neck Loop– and our goal is at least 6 more this summer. If you are interested in hosting such a meeting, please contact us.
l Outreach and Door to Door Canvas. Garrett College students, Kayla Hartung and Jeff Sidebottom, have signed on to do community outreach work this summer. They will be appearing at special events, regular gatherings like the Farmers’ Market, and may even knock on your door! They have received very positive response and talked with hundreds of people about our work already.
l Fundraising. We have raised over $5,000 this year in cash and in-kind donations but need $5,500 just to pay our share of the VISTA salary. The Business Friends campaign starts later in the summer.
l Proposals. We have a request in to Brookfield Renewable Power, owners of the DCL dam, to fund a Watershed Stewardship Trail. We would highlight sites where owners have adopted good watershed protections practices. We have met some fabulous stewards, including Mr. and Mrs. Sunny, farmers on Steiding Church Road. Their farm stream is a tributary to DCL and has clean water, alive with macro-invertebrates. Thank you for your stewardship!!
UNWANTED SPECIES IN
THE LAKE WATERSHED
A red-shelled crayfish. Much larger and more aggressive than native species. They will reduce diversity and abundance of native aquatic plants, insect larvae, mussels, snails, frogs, turtles, and native crayfish. They will become the dominant crayfish.
If seen: Remove and destroy (or steam and eat).
This plant has slender stems and feathery leaves. It forms a dense canopy that shades out native aquatic plants, reduces fish habitat, and reduces recreational use. Reproducing by fragmentation, it is easily spread by boats, trailers, or bait buckets.
If seen: Pull whole plant with roots from lake bottom. Bag and destroy.
This plant has oval floating leaves. Growth is caused by high nutrient levels and runoff from pastures, lawns, and septic systems. Massive beds support algal blooms, stunt beneficial submerged aquatic vegetation, create dead zones, nasty odor and causes fish kills.
If seen: Pull or rake plants before blooming in mid to late July. Remove dead plants from beaches in late summer.
|HELP STOP SPREAD OF THESE SPECIES IN THE DEEP CREEK LAKE WATERSHED
l Report sightings to Friends of Deep Creek Lake: contact@
l Reduce nutrient runoff on your property. Report other pollution entering tributaries and the lake.
l Check your boat to be sure you are not bringing in or distributing any unwanted species in the lake.
l Actively support watershed protection efforts by volunteering and donating of these groups.