Md. survey targets 2 streams in Carroll

April 04, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Carroll County's participation in a statewide survey of watershed areas will focus on two streams, one of which feeds into Liberty Reservoir, the source of drinking water for 2 million people in metropolitan Baltimore.

In addition to Middle Run in Deer Park, a feeder stream to Liberty, the Maryland Conservation Corps will study Piney Run, the primary source for Piney Run Reservoir in Sykesville. The county plans to build a $14 million treatment plant at Piney Run to augment the water supply in South Carroll.

The survey aims to determine whether erosion and increased sediment have occurred along streams throughout Maryland and what remedy is possible.

The corps is overseeing the survey for the state Department of Natural Resources.

"We need to determine how much erosion we have and where we can do" stream bank repairs, James Slater, Carroll's environmental compliance specialist, said yesterday in a meeting with the county commissioners.

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