The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Garrett County partnered in 2013 to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for Deep Creek Lake. The Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan, adopted on March 7, 2016, will serve as a comprehensive, best practices guide to ensure that one of Maryland’s most visited, revenue-generating sites is protected far into the future. In addition to protecting the lake’s sensitive natural resources, the plan addresses water quality, recreational activities, agency coordination and other topics of interest to citizens.