Attorney General tours the Lake; Observes shoreline erosion

Attorney General Tours Deep Creek Lake!

“Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler visited the Youghiogheny River and Deep Creek Lake on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, the first stop of his 2012 audit of Maryland’s rivers and tributaries. Since beginning his statewide tour and environmental audit of Maryland’s rivers and watersheds in April 2008, the Attorney General has visited 16 Maryland rivers.

Attorney General Gansler spent the day in McHenry and Oakland in Garrett County, a visit that included a boat trip on Deep Creek Lake and briefings to hear firsthand from local environmental leaders, residents, scientists and elected officials about the challenges facing the Youghiogheny River and Deep Creek Lake. The information gathered during the audits of individual rivers provides valuable information in identifying polluters and the unique challenges facing the particular river. This information is essential in the Attorney General’s efforts to enforce the state’s environmental laws and assists in designing creative solutions to environmental issues.

As part of the Audit, Attorney General Gansler visited the hydro dam at Deep Creek Lake and the Criterion wind generation station and received briefings on the rich history, progress and current challenges facing the watershed. The Youghiogheny River Audit visit included an Environmental Leaders open meeting at Garrett College. This Environmental Leaders meeting is an opportunity for residents to share their concerns about the health of the Youghiogheny River, Deep Creek Lake and any other environmental issues in the community.”

–Maryland Attorney General’s Office

As a follow-up to the visit by Attorney General Doug Gansler and staff to Deep Creek Lake, Friends of Deep Creek Lake sent a document (available here) covering 7 topics which we see are important for continued conversation. These are:

1.     The State authority over the publicly owned lake buffer strip, programming and financial responsibilities

2.     Actual or potential conflict in two laws which govern Deep Creek Lake and state management.

3.     Imposition on private citizens of the management, maintenance, restoration and protection programs and costs for this publicly owned resource.

4.     Requirement for Watershed Improvement Plan for the Youghiogheny watershed and Deep Creek Lake

5.     Deep Creek Lake or Youghiogheny River Restoration Fund.

6.     Remedy to taxation without representation

7.     State role to provide protection to Deep Creek Lake watershed, NRMA in anticipation of Marcellus Shale drilling