Citizens living in New Market and Linganore are banding together over concerns with massive rezoning, changes to stream protective measures and polluted waters in their area. CLEANWATER_LINGANORE, Inc. is a voice for clean water and a watchdog for activities that will impact the streams and tributaries to Upper and Lower Linganore Creeks and Lake Linganore, a significant drinking water reservoir in Frederick County (see map).
“Based on the county’s own assessment, the Linganore watershed streams are either highly or moderately eroded already, and that’s not a good report card for Frederick County” says Eric Roberts, Board Member and engineer with a background in geology and hydrology. Roberts has been working with Hood College to test waters going into Lake Linganore and says they’ve found it’s not only silt but also E. coli bacteria and pollutants that fuel algae growth, including the potentially dangerous blue green algae observed on several occasions during 2013.
And, the concern goes beyond our current state of degraded streams. There are already plans for over 2700 new homes north of New Market and 3200 in Linganore. “Clearing the thousands of acres for these developments is ludicrous knowing that, despite storm water management efforts, barren soils will wash into the streams and eventually the lake”, says Betsy Smith, the President for CLEANWATER_LINGANORE, Inc. The current price tag to dredge the soil that has washed into Lake Linganore from eroded stream banks is $8 million, a tab user’s of public water will help pick up. “We need to do what we can to keep vegetation to limit runoff and filter pollutants before they reach the streams and restore what’s been stripped already, and most definitely not the opposite. Adding more homes, roads, cars and impervious surfaces contributes to increased storm flow erosion and water pollution that makes its way to our streams and the lake” she added. “And while protecting the streams we in turn protect the taxpayer – that’s you and me.”
CLEANWATER_LINGANORE, Inc. encourages all citizen taxpayers in the Linganore and New Market area to join with them to ensure that all future development in the watershed is done transparently in an environmentally, socially and economically appropriate and sustainable manner. “Growth and zoning needs to be based on comprehensive planning versus the current piecemeal approach. We think that more voices are needed to point out the future ramifications of decisions being made today” says Jamison Bowman, concerned citizen in the area. “This group was created to be a local voice on issues impacting our beautiful farmland, streams and forests.”
CLEANWATER_LINGANORE, Inc. invites you to like the Facebook page and get on the email list to receive notification of public meetings, hearings, yard signs, rallies, events and development proposals that will impact your lives and livelihoods.