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I know many of you have enjoyed Deep Creek Lake over the years or intend to in the future. Please see the following request from Friends of Deep Creek Lake (DCL)
DCL is a sick lake, and it appears that no one – not the state of Maryland and not the county – is doing anything to treat it.
Probably the two most significant problems right now are the filling of lake coves with sediment and the rapidly growing invasion of at least two forms of plant life that are so prolific that swimming and boating are becoming almost impossible in many acres of water. One need only take a one-hour tour by boat to see the effects. The addition of the droppings of the now-year-round presence of Canada geese makes it downright disgusting.
This is not information that the thousands of us local folks whose jobs and businesses are directly or indirectly dependent upon the tourism dollar (including this newspaper) want to hear. They definitely do not want potential out-of-area customers to hear about it either. But it is a reality, and one that must be addressed soon or everything is just going to get worse. We're talking about falling property values at the lake. We're talking about the possibility of people looking for a second home deciding to go somewhere other than Garrett County/Deep Creek Lake. We're talking about the possibility of people already living at the lake leaving the area. We're talking about people planning to rent a property at the lake for a week going somewhere else.
The seriousness of this cannot be overstated. Well over half of Garrett County's tax money comes from Deep Creek Lake property owners. Most of the jobs in this county depend upon tourism, and a large percentage of tourists comes here because of Deep Creek Lake.
The issues are complicated, multi-faceted, and well beyond the scope of one editorial for sufficient elaboration. Thus this is the first in a series that will go into more detail and, it is hoped, suggest some potential avenues for the restoration of what is without question Garrett County's most valuable resource.
Consider signing the attached petition and email it to email@example.com.
Edit - petition was too large to attach. Please copy and paste this into Word, sign it and email to Barbara.
To: Governor O’Malley:
Maryland is engaged in Saving the Bay. We urge you to commit your administration and public funds to Saving Deep Creek Lake- before it is too late for the lake! We, Garrett Countians, are committed to natural resource conservation. We are local and part-time property owners, business people, recreational users of the lake and the Youghiogheny River and benefit from the DCL-based economy. Your policy provides no programs or funding for lake protection and restoration, abandoning your legal, ownership and stewardship responsibilities. Your administration has allowed sections of the lake to decline so far they cannot be restored. Your policy threatens 56% of County tax revenues and 63% of our jobs. Our state taxes and fees support Bay-related programs--the Flush Tax, boat Excise Tax, 2010 Trust Fund, Chesapeake Bay Trust and state employees working on the Bay--but not our lake! The State must provide funds to protect and restore state-owned Deep Creek Lake as well as support effective, well-funded watershed approach to lake management.
This post was edited by Bethesda Terp 20 months ago
Maybe the people who charge $300 a night for a crappy cottage should pitch in some of the money. You also could do like OC does and charge an extra sales tax. They use it for beach restoration efforts. If you have a local problem, you should fix it locally.
Sorry, but the state of MD is broke and I'm not really into spending more money on pet projects.
You do know that the State of Maryland owns Deep Creek Lake and that they already collect a ton of fees from people who put docks in the water, put boats in the water, etc. You do know that the lake accounts for close to 60% of the jobs in Garrett County which was still part of the state of Maryland last time I looked.
This sounds like environmentalism to me.
Funny, Garrett Co. Votes republican. Republican don't think enviromental issues exist. Global warming, what's that? Why not contact your new congressman, the "king of no", Andy Harris? All I ever hear is bitching and moaning about tax dollars and democrats from people on that side of the state.
You want to help Deep Creek? Vote yes on question 7.
This post was edited by parlay 20 months ago
Where does that money go? I understand your position but do you really think people on the eastern shore should have a new tax to pay for something 4 hours away? Are you against a new tax up there to help pay for these things?
Conservation/preservation of natural resources is a far more important and worthwhile use of government money/resources than most things.
what exactly should the state do about invasive plant species? Is the rest of this even true--where are the "deteriorated beyond repair" parts of the lake? LOL, have a goose hunt.
Also evidently this is not a new problem. And looky looky, the county found a million dollars to dredge the lake in 95
"Your policy threatens 56% of County tax revenues and 63% of our jobs."
I also hate the word Countians, although it's technically correct.
The policy of not creating more taxes.
Sounds like Parlay favors Countinistas.
What would you cut from the MD budget to fund this? Everyone thinks "this should be done. Its really important." but never knows where we are going to get the money to do it. Maybe we should take the money we are going to be giving to illegal aliens for in state tuition, to fund this instead.
The money goes to the state and is spent elsewhere.
Garrett County residents pay a tax for the Chesapeake Bay. Is that fair?
I used to think you were smart. That ended with this post. Carry on.
The Bay is always going to be the sexy environmental cause for MD, unfortunately. I'm a big environmentalist myself and I probably favor the body-of-water issues over any others in environmental discussions.
The problem is that no matter how much money they want to throw into "fixing" the Bay, it'll never be enough because there will always be more problems to fix, or fix better. It's always going to be the starving beast, in other words. And too many politicians know they look good when the beat the drum for the Bay, so it's unlikely there will be much attention paid to DCL.
Sucks, but true. I'd recommend going around the state government because of this.
I have a big drainage pond outside my house in an HOA community that's been dredged twice in two years. Maybe Frode's right and they should privatize the lake and let the users/owners keep it up.
GC charges a "hotel tax" on certain size residential rentals. Keep in mind that the State of Maryland chose to purchase the lake. There were other interested parties but the state felt is was in the best interest for them to buy it. Anything collected by the county can't and won't go to the lake.
Problem is no one has the money/financing to do this either, and if you are expecting some company to pony up a charitable contribution those companies will just donate it to "Save the Bay" organizations because that's better for PR. Because the companies just want to look good while getting their charitable donations tax break, just like the politicians don't care about doing something good so much as looking good while doing "something"
There are no natural lakes in the state of Maryland. Mother nature is trying to remedy this man made problem, by filling the lake with goose poo.
One more thing. After the state purchased the lake, they pretty much forced lakefront property owners to purchase what was known as the buffer strip on their property and recaptured more than half the purchase price of the lake. For those unfamiliar, there's a lot ore to this. Don't be so quick to judge.
This is where I would start the fight. The money from an extra tax should stay to keep the lake maintained.
I can't be sure, but I would be willing to bet taxes from commerce related to the bay, make their way to Garrett County.
Related question: Have a client who has a nice house up there that she has been trying to sell for several years and it's looking like not much is moving in the RE market there. Think that will improve any time?
lol. Obviously not if the OP is correct
Well, tell your client to lower her price. Stuff is moving; just not the ones whose owners still think its 2005. If she bought during the boom, she will lose money and if is expensive, she will lose a lot. Its no different at DCL than any other resort area. Just look at OC, MD.
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