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Not sure what project to donate to? You can donate to our General Fund at the very bottom.

How Our Projects Make a Difference.

The dynamic partnerships established by the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation keep expanding to pay for the increased sustainability of the Deep Creek Watershed.

  • Fish, frogs and vegetation in the streams and in Deep Creek Lake can live because acid mine drainage from the Cherry Creek mine and other mines is neutralized in the watershed.
  • Farmers can keep animal waste away from the streams in the watershed by using government-recommended fencing patterns.
  • Brookfield Renewable Power can use new lake-level predictions to anticipate drought conditions more accurately, and time its releases of water through the Deep Creek Lake dam in a way that benefits everyone in the watershed.
  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources can see the success of its boat-cleansing precautions, and determine if there is a need for more intensive action to keep destructive Zebra Mussels out of Deep Creek Lake.
  • The University of Maryland Extension Service can reach broader audiences to demonstrate the consequences of stormwater runoff from private property, and the use of rain gardens to effectively use showers to nurture flowers and plants, and prevent erosion.

Current Projects In Need of Donations

Water Quality Monitoring

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.

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Predicting New Lake Water Levels
Predicting New Lake Water Levels

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.

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Managing Stormwater Runoff
Managing Stormwater Runoff

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.

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Monitoring for Zebra Mussels

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.

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Deep Creek Watershed Foundation Water-Wise Training Program
Water-Wise Training

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.

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Deep Creek Watershed Foundation Water-Wise Training Program
General Fund

Deep Creek Watershed Foundation general fund for supporting the foundation and it’s initiatives.

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What's Next

Deep Creek Watershed Foundation Board members have been talking with homeowner associations and other groups about the work of the Foundation, and asking about projects that the Foundation might consider funding.

If you have a group that wants us to visit and present our information, and have us hear your suggestions for projects we might fund in the future, please let us know by contacting us.