Maryland study of Deep Creek Lake sediment advances

MCHENRY— The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it’s poised to begin the second phase of a Deep Creek Lake sedimentation study.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Wednesday that the work beginning next week will evaluate the entire lake.

The agency launched the study in 2010 amid complaints from some lakeside homeowners about increasingly shallow water and excessive weed growth.

The DNR says sedimentation is a natural process. The agency says a final report next year will include strategies for dealing with the sediment, including the possibility of dredging some areas.

The $180,000 study is funded with $95,000 from Garrett County, $65,000 from the state and $20,000 from the Deep Creek Lake Property Owners Association.

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