Final TMDLs Approved by EPA: Cherry Creek in Deep Creek Lake Watershed

Cherry Creek, a subwatershed of the Youghiogheny River basin, flows into Deep Creek Lake, a highly valued recreational lake in Garrett County, Maryland.  Cherry Creek is part of the Western Maryland Sub-Basin.  Its headwaters originate near the Savage River State Forest between the Meadow and Negro Mountains.  Cherry Creek drains into Deep Creek Lake, which in turn drains into the Youghiogheny River. 

TheDeep Creek watershed (basin code 05020203) was identified on the State’s 1996 list of Water Quality Limited Segments (WQLSs) as impaired by low pH and nutrients.  The list acknowledged that only a portion of the watershed might be impaired, and that with additional information the spatial boundaries of the impairment could be refined.  Maryland monitored the Deep Creek system more intensively in preparation for the TMDL analysis and determined that Cherry Creek, a subwatershed of the Deep Creek system, was impaired by acid mine drainage (AMD) as indicated by low pH measurements.  This TMDL was developed in response to that determination.  The nutrient impairment will be addressed at a later date. 

TMDLs to Address Low pH in Cherry Creek in the Deep Creek Watershed, Garrett County  County, Maryland

(Approved on November 26, 2003)

EPA's Decision Letter

EPA's Decision Letter

Main Report




Comment Response Document


Contact Information
Please direct questions or comments concerning this project to Maryland's TMDL Program at (410) 537-3818.