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Maryland addresses Deep Creek Lake level concerns

MCHENRY — Maryland environmental regulators are addressing concerns about low water levels in Deep Creek Lake.

The head of the Department of the Environment said in an Oct. 19 letter to a citizen advisory board that a faulty valve on a hydroelectric dam may be leaking excessive water.

He says Brookfield Power Corp. plans to examine and repair or replace the valve as needed.

Secretary Robert Summers also says his agency plans no changes in Brookfield’s water-use permit.

The advisory board had proposed changes based on complaints from lakeside property owners that shallow water had shortened the boating season.

Whitewater paddlers and anglers had opposed any changes that would reduce the amount of water flowing into the Youghiogheny River.