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Upper Yough Hearing To Focus On New Dam Permit

Posted: 10/04/2019
by Kevin Colburn

The 2011 state permit that requires and governs the dam releases on the Upper Yough is up for renewal. Unlike most hydropower dams, the Deep Creek Project is not regulated by a Federal license, however the state permit fills a similar role as a Federal license would. The permit renewal creates opportunities to modify the terms of the permit in ways that could benefit or impact whitewater paddling, river ecology, and other values. A hearing is scheduled for 3pm, October 15th, 2019 in the auditorium of Garrett College that will focus on potential changes in the new permit.

A recent newspaper article highlighted some of the tensions between homeowners that purchased land adjacent to shallow coves in the reservoir, and others including fishermen and paddlers that value instream flows for their recreational and ecological value. Paddlers are interested in some modest changes to the releases that don't change the volume of water dedicated to recreation, but generally we believe that the current allocation of water is fair, reasonable, and beneficial to a broad cross section of interests.

Paddlers are encouraged to attend the hearing or stay tuned to AW for directions on how to submit a written comment.

More information can be found on the State of Maryland's webpage for the permit process.

Kevin Colburn
Asheville, NC

Associated Rivers

Youghiogheny MD
3. Upper IV-V