The following are some programs that the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation Board may consider funding. This list will be updated/modified as other programs are identified.
Water Budget Model (WBM) Tool
A WBM has been developed by a qualified engineering firm and paid for by the Foundation that, if adopted by the Maryland Department of the Environment, will allow for better management of lake water levels during the summer season. This tool will allow for better management of lake water levels for all stakeholders while maximizing recreational use of this valuable water resource.
An analysis of the impact of low water levels on the lake’s coves and the docks therein has been completed with the results showing which docks are impacted at various lake water levels.
Temperature Enhancement Release (TER) Document Review
A study of existing documents describing how TERs are determined has been completed. This study is considered a forerunner to an analysis of alternative TER protocols (see 3 a below).
Projects Approved and Seeking Funding
- Water Quality Monitors
In order to maintain the water quality of the lake, it must be possible to assess its current condition and then determine remedial measures where necessary. The key to this is being able to accurately assess the quality of the lake water and understand how natural and human induced events impact the lake water quality. To this end DNR has determined that relatively new technologies in water quality meters, capable of capturing data continuously and autonomously, should be employed. Click here for more information.
- Cherry Creek Doser
Cherry Creek Cove suffers from Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) coming from an abandoned coal mine. MDE has installed, among other remedial measures, a Doser that releases lime in measured doses into Cherry Creek to neutralize the acid. This project will assist in offsetting the costs of this activity through the Foundation’s pledge contribution of $10K/year. Click here for more information
- Zebra Mussel Detection
Zebra Mussels represent one of the most significant AIS threats that exist for DCL. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning to pilot a Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program in 2018 pending the availability of sufficient funding. The comprehensive program includes visual surveys, intended for early detection purposes, as well as water quality monitoring to assess habitat suitability. The program adds an additional component to the current aquatic invasive species (AIS) education and prevention effort that has been underway since 2014 and builds on data collected in 2009 regarding zebra mussel habitat suitability. Click here for more information
Projects Under Consideration but Not Yet Approved
- Temperature Enhancement Release (TER) Alternatives
Examine existing TER protocols and determine if more efficient protocols, using modern methods, could maintain river temperatures at 25°C for the purpose of keeping the fish cool yet using less water to do so.
- Impaired Septic Systems and Related Health Concerns
Evaluation of impaired septic systems in the lake by location and potential impacts to the water quality of Deep Creek Lake. Also fund research into the role of nutrient transport and other pollutants from improperly functioning septic systems.
- Implement Mitigating Strategies to Prevent Erosion and Sedimentation
Provide incentives to landowners within the watershed to install approved shoreline stabilization structures or establish and maintain natural shoreline vegetation. Incentivize the establishment of forested riparian buffers along tributaries within the watershed.
- Manage Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)
Identify areas where SAV is considered a public use concern
and develop a mechanism for the public to submit locations and descriptions of problem areas. Educate property owners about all management strategies to control SAV.
- Storm Water Upgrades/Management
Many storm water systems in the watershed were designed and installed before storm water regulations were in place in Garrett County. These failing or inadequate systems need to upgraded. Create incentives to offset the costs to watershed residents associated with implementation of storm water best management practices.
- Hemlock Treatment
Develop a cost-share program to treat hemlocks for protection against wooly adelgid. (Technical Assistance provided by DNR Forest Service and Garrett County Forestry Board)