Maryland Approved $3 Million for Protection and Restoration

Photo of Greenbrier Lake

TheMaryland Department of Natural Resourceswill host five open house events to solicit input to help develop a work plan for the new State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund, which will provide $1 million for each of the next three years to improve state-owned lakes.

The department will develop a budget for best use of these funds in coordination with local governments, organizations, and citizens.

The funds can be used for removing sediment, treating contaminated sediment, preventing the spread of invasive species, improving ecological and recreational value, and any other action the department deems necessary at any or all of 16 lakes throughout Maryland.

The public is invited to join staff to provide direct input on the following lakes at their corresponding meeting locations, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.:

Greenbrier Lake, Hunting Creek Lake (Cunningham Falls State Park) and Blairs Valley Lake?-Nov. 20atGreenbrier State Park21843 National Pike, Boonsboro

St. Mary’s Lake and Myrtle Grove LakeNov. 27at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, Room 103/104

Deep Creek Lake, Herrington Lake, Lake Habeeb (Rocky Gap State Park), New Germany Lake, Savage River ReservoirNov. 29atNew Germany State ParkLakehouse, McAndrews Hill Road, Grantsville

Wye Mills Lake, Urieville Lake, Unicorn, Smithville Lake, Tuckahoe ReservoirDec. 3at Adkins Arboretum 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely

Clopper LakeDec. 5atSeneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg

Updates and additional information will be posted on the department’s website.

Anyone who cannot attend an open house but wishes to provide feedback, or who would like more information, should contact Mike Naylor atmike.naylor@maryland.gov.