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September 24, 2013

Public Invited to Discuss Deep Creek Lake Watershed Plan

by Martha
Deep Creek LakeWhen:  Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Garrett College, Old Gymnasium, 687 Mosser Rd., McHenry
Who: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Garrett County Commissioners
Contact: Catherine Shanks (DNR) at 410-260-8717 or cshanks@dnr.state.md.us;
Deborah Carpenter (Garrett County) at 301-334-1920 or dcarpenter@garrettcounty.org
 

This past August, DNR and the Garrett County Commissioners appointed a Steering Committee to guide the development of a comprehensive watershed management plan for Deep Creek Lake. The group invites citizens to share their thoughts and ideas on how the area should best be managed at the upcoming public input meeting, or online after October 5.

At this meeting, participants will join Steering Committee representatives as they explain and discuss the purpose, scope and development process of the watershed plan. The goal of the meeting is to get a better understanding of what area residents want to see addressed, and what is most important to them.

The meeting will be divided into three sessions:

  • A talk on the focus and need for a watershed plan;
  • Group discussions on the health of the land and watershed, addressing concerns and solutions;
  • Station visits where participants are invited to share their personal thoughts and ideas as individuals and residents of the area.

The Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan will serve as a best practices guide to ensure the lake and its land remain healthy and protected. Developed with input from stakeholders, the plan will identify important actions partners will take to enhance the area. It will consider the recreational and economic benefits to the community, while describing and assessing current and future water quality and environmental conditions, identifying pollution sources, and determining restoration opportunities.

Those who are unable to attend the meeting may submit their comments, October 5 through October 30, via an online survey form at dnr.state.md.us/deepcreekwatershedplan.

 

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