In a first beyond the Chesapeake Bay, the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation has partnered with Garrett County to fund Water-Wise training by the University of Maryland Extension in a program exclusive to Garrett County.
We have paid $2,575, and joined with Brookfield Renewable Power, to help the Maryland Department of Natural Resources test the waters and habitats in Deep Creek Lake to see if there are any indications that the lake has been invaded by the terribly destructive Zebra Mussels, a species originally native to the lakes of southern Russia and Ukraine.
We, along with the Garrett College’s Continuing Education & Workforce department, and the Garrett County Government, sponsor the University of Maryland Extension Service’s public presentations on managing stormwater runoff.
We paid an initial $10,000 to fight acid mine drainage from Cherry Creek into Deep Creek Lake. Cherry Creek is one of the major streams in the Deep Creek Watershed, and a major route for water flowing into Deep Creek Lake. The largest of the mines near Cherry Creek discharges an average of 60 gallons of acid mine drainage per minute.
We paid $97,425 for developing a new method for predicting the water level of Deep Creek Lake. Called the Water Budget Model, it will allow the Brookfield Renewable Power Company, which operates the dam on Deep Creek Lake, to time water releases from the dam in light of the anticipated height of the water in the lake.
We are committed to assisting the Maryland Department of Natural Resources with their new Water Quality Monitoring System. This system will allow for DNR to record the lake’s baseline water quality and determine how the watershed affects the lake’s water quality.