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Deep Creek Lake
Watershed Management Plan


The Draft Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan is now available for download and comment. All comments must be submitted in writing. You can submit your comments through August 23, 2014 in the following ways:

  • via email to deepcreekwatershedplan.dnr@maryland.gov

  • through conventional mail to:

    Deborah Carpenter, Assistant Director
    Department of Community Planning & Development
    Office of Planning & Land Management
    203 S Fourth St, Rm 208
    Oakland MD 21550

A public meeting on the draft Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan was held on August 9 at Wisp in the Gallatin Yurt. David Myerberg presented an overview of the draft Plan and the process used to develop the goals, objectives and strategies. You can view the PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

Comments submitted on the draft Plan are posted at the end of each week to the following web page:

http://www.garrettcounty.org/planning-land-development/deep-creek-lake-watershed-management-plan

The Deep Creek Characterization Report provides the background information, data and analysis which to support the goals objectives and strategies presented in the Watershed Management Plan.

Deep Creek Watershed Draft Characterization Report cover art

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Garrett County partnered to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for Deep Creek Lake. The Plan recommends guidelines to protect the popular area. The agreement establishing this partnership can be reviewed at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/pdfs/dclwmp/MOU_DNRGarrettDCL.pdf. The Plan development was announced at the 2013 State of the Lake meeting on July 24th at Garrett College. The intent of the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan is to 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 and recreational activities like swimming, fishing, boating and scenic viewing.

The plan has been developed with input from stakeholders and proposes recommendations for policy changes, restoration actions and public outreach needed to achieve both immediate and long-term benefits. It identifies existing water quality and environmental conditions, looks at future conditions, identifies needs to assess pollution sources and proposes strategies for addressing identified concerns.

For more information regarding the Water Appropriations Permit for the Dam please visit:
http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Water/Water_Supply/Pages/DeepCreekLake.aspx

Fishing on the Deep Creek Lake.


Steering Committee

A Steering Committee appointed by the Garrett County Commissioners and the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources will guide the development of the Plan. All meetings are open for anyone to attend.

Announcements

The Steering Committee for the development of the Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan has recently voted to create sub-committees to assist them in their work. The role of these sub-committees will be to refine and develop goals, objectives and strategies as well as to recommend priorities for the list of lake problem areas voiced by the public and the Steering Committee and at the October 5, 2013, public meeting.

The members of the Steering Committee are:
Bob Browning, representing business interest;
John Forman representing forestry interests;
Steven Green representing recreation interests;
William Lantz representing agricultural interests;
Mike Sabad representing the Brookfield Power Company.
Representing Deep Creek property owners are Lulu Gonella, Bob Hoffmann, David Myerberg (Chair) and Peter Versteegen.

Steering Committee Meeting Dates and Locations:

January 6, 2014
February 3, 2014
March 17, 2014 (Rescheduled from March 3)
April 7, 2014
May 5, 2014
May 20 & 21, 2014 (Work Sessions)
June 2, 2014
July 7, 2014 (tentative)
August 4, 2014 (tentative)

Unless otherwise posted all meetings of the Steering Committee will be held on the first Monday of each month from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The meetings will be held at the Garrett County Health Department 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550.

Steering Committee Meeting Dates and Materials:

Note: The Steering Committee will hold two work sessions:

May 20th from 1pm to 5pm
May 21st from 8am to 3pm

Garrett College
Continuing Education Building
Room 205

The purpose of these work sessions is to review and consider for inclusion in the Watershed Plan for Deep Creek, the goals, objectives and strategies proposed by the four subcommittees.
Although this is a work session for the Steering Committee, the public is invited to attend and observe. The reports from the subcommittees are posted below.
Comments can be submitted to Deborah Carpenter via email dcarpenter@garrettcounty.org.

Plus SignJuly 7, 2014

Plus SignJune 2, 2014

Plus SignMay 20 and May 21, 2014
Plus SignMay 5, 2014
Plus SignApril 7, 2014
Plus SignMarch 17, 2014 (Rescheduled from March 3)
Plus Sign February 3, 2014

Plus Sign January 6, 2014

December 2, 2013

November 4, 2013

September 11, 2013

Subcommittees Meeting Dates and Locations

All materials posted for the subcommittee meetings are DRAFT and subject to change by the meeting time. Please email the staff contact for information regarding options to listen in or participate in the meeting via conference call. (Note - Not all meeting locations may have this as an option.)

Lake Levels Subcommittee

Lake Levels Subcommittee Meeting Dates and Materials:

January 8, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)
February 12, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)
March 12, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)

Staff Contact – Mike Bilek (jmikebilek@gmail.com)

April 23, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)

April 9, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)

March 12, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)

February 12, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)

  • Agenda topics include: Considerations for the development of a water budget for Deep Creek lake and water releases for power generation
  • Agenda
  • Meeting Notes

January 8, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)

December 12, 2013 (1 pm to 4 pm)

  • Agenda topics include: Considerations for the development of a water budget for Deep Creek lake and water releases for power generation
  • Meeting Notes

Water Quality Subcommittee

Water Quality Subcommittee Meeting Dates and Materials:

January 22, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)
February 20, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)
March 20, 2014 (9 am - 11:30 am)
April 9, 2014 (9 am – 11:30 am)
April 17, 2014 (9 am – 11:30 am)

Agenda topics discussion of the goals, objectives and strategies related to water quality

This meeting will be held at the
Garrett County Extension Service Office
1916 Maryland Highway, Suite A
Mt. Lake Park, MD 21550
Staff Contact – Christine Conn (cconn@dnr.state.md.us)
and Erin McLaughlin (emclaughlin@dnr.state.md.us)

Plus Sign April 17, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)

Plus Sign April 9, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)

Plus Sign March 20, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)

Plus Sign February 20, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)

Plus Sign January 22, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)

Plus Sign December 17, 2013 (9 am to 11 am)

Accountability and Public Participation Subcommittee

Accountability and Public Participation Meeting Dates and Materials:

January 24, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)
February 21, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)
March 28, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)
April 25, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)

All meetings will be by conference call.
(contact the staff coordinator for conference call information)
Staff Contacts – Catherine Shanks (cshanks@dnr.state.md.us)
and Carrie Decker (cdecker@dnr.state.md.us)

Plus Sign February 21, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)

Plus Sign January 24, 2014 (9 am to 11:30 am)

Plus Sign December 17, 2013 (9 am to 12 Noon)

Impacts of Growth Subcommittee

Impacts of Growth Subcommittee Meeting Dates and Materials:

January 9, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)
February 13, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)
March 13, 2013 (1 pm to 4 pm)
April 10, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)

This meeting will be held at the
Visitor's Center in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
15 Visitors Center Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
Staff Contact – Deborah Carpenter (dcarpenter@garrettcounty.org)

 

Plus Sign March 13, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)

Plus Sign February 13, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)

Plus Sign January 9, 2014 (1 pm to 4 pm)

  • Agenda topics include objectives and strategies pertaining to industrial growth, aesthetics and canopy cover
  • Minutes

Plus Sign December 19, 2013 (1 pm to 3 pm)

Public Meetings

Public meetings will be scheduled on Saturdays to allow for broader input to the planning process.

A public meeting was held on October 5, 2013 at the Garrett College to gather input on the goals of the Plan and issues to be considered by the Steering Committee for inclusion in the Plan. Another public meeting will be scheduled for July 2014 to review the draft Plan.

DNR CCS and Garett County Logos DNR logo Garrett County Government

Other Links

Deep Creek Lake - NRMA

Garrett County Government

Additional Resources:

Annotated Bibliography
DNR Reports


Staff Contacts

Garrett County:
Deborah Carpenter
Garrett County Planning and Land Development
203 S. Fourth Street, Rm 210
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone: 301-334-1920
Email: dcarpenter@garrettcounty.org


DNR:
Catherine Shanks
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone 410-260-8717
Fax 410-260-8739
catherine.shanks@maryland.gov