Watershed Wisdom Newsletter covers Friends of Deep Creek Lake work to protect and restoration the lake and watershed. In the May, 2017 issue two successes are covered– the passage of the State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund bill by the Maryland General Assembly as well as the decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in the State of Maryland.
The section on DCL Updates includes
1) initial report from Maryland Environmental Services and contract to develop a sediment management plan for DCL;
2) implementation of the State Lakes Invasive Species Act, initiated by FoDCL and passed into law in 2015:
3) MDE listing of water quality impairments in the DCL watershed, including the 2016 listing “urban runoff/storm sewers” negatively impacting the lake.
4. DNR 2017 plans for water quality monitoring, with expansion into “near shore” section, which had been recommended by UMD/ Center for Environmental Sciences in their 2011 report.
5. Heads up on potential for high arsenic levels in wells in southern section of the lake with tips for securing testing by Department of Health Environmental Director Steve Sherrard.
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