Q. WHAT DOES THE DEEP CREEK WATERSHED FOUNDATION DO?
A. The Foundation raises money, and funds studies and projects by those with expertise in particular areas that benefit the entire Deep Creek Watershed.
Q. HOW DOES THE FOUNDATION DETERMINE WHO SHOULD GET ITS MONEY?
A. The Foundation’s Board of Directors, working closely with its Advisory Committee, decides which projects will be funded. The Foundation works with the Administrative Council which oversees the implementation of the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan, to choose activities recommended by the Plan that neither the state nor county governments will fund totally. The Administrative Council is comprised of representatives of the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the State of Maryland Department of the Environment, and the Board of Garrett County Commission.
Q. WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER GROUP THAT WORKS ON PROBLEMS WITH THE LAKE?
A. The Foundation’s unique focus is on funding studies and programs that affect the entire Deep Creek Watershed (41,000 acres), an area that includes, but is much larger than just Deep Creek Lake (4,000 acres). These efforts support, promote and advance scientific study, environmental protection and educational programs benefiting the entire Deep Creek Watershed.
Q: WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE FOUNDATION TO OTHER GROUPS DEVOTING TIME AND ENERGY TO SUPPORTING ACTIONS THAT BENEFIT THE LAKE AND ITS WATERSHED?
A: The DCWF is specifically, but not exclusively, focused on assisting in the implementation of the Watershed Management Plan (WMP) which was completed in late 2014 and has been approved by both the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Garrett County Commissioners. In fact, the DCWF has already reached out to the Administrative Council, an organization composed of representatives from the DNR, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), and Garrett County government which is responsible for implementation of the WMP to obtain a list of potential projects the DCWF Board will consider funding over time. This list of projects can be found on the DCWF web site.
Q. HOW DOES THE FOUNDATION WORK WITH GROUPS THAT ARE TRYING TO MAKE DEEP CREEK LAKE BETTER RIGHT NOW?
A. The Foundation welcomes suggestions from all groups and individuals working to support Deep Creek Lake. Our web site address is www.deepcreekwatershedfoundation.org.
Q. HOW DO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND OUTSIDE GROUPS HELP THE FOUNDATION’S EFFORTS?
A. Members of the public and outside groups can assist in this mission through donations to the Foundation.
Q. HOW MUCH DOES THE FOUNDATION PAY ITS DIRECTORS?
A. The Foundation Directors are unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to the mission of the Foundation to support, promote and advance scientific study, environmental protection and educational programs affecting the entire Deep Creek Watershed.
Q. SINCE THE STATE OF MARYLAND OWNS DEEP CREEK LAKE, WHY DO WE NEED A PRIVATE FOUNDATION TO FUND PROJECTS THAT AFFECT THE LAKE?
A. Because property in the watershed is owned by the state, the county, businesses and private individuals, there are projects and studies that will benefit everyone in the watershed that the State is unwilling or unable to undertake. Those efforts will only be done if they are funded by a private group, such as the Foundation, alone or in partnership with the State.
Q. WHAT PROJECTS IS THE FOUNDATION FUNDING NOW?
A. Within the next several weeks we would expect to announce an exciting new project, the first of many that will receive funding by the Foundation through the years.