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Quarry seeks Ok to remove water

May 02, 2001

Quarry seeks Ok to remove water



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold a hearing May 8 on H.B. Mellott Estates' proposal to remove water at its Beaver Creek Quarry so it can work below the water table.

As part of the plan, Mellott would provide emergency water supply for the nearby Albert Powell Trout Hatchery.

Mellott is asking the state for permission to remove surface water and withdraw ground water to work below the water table at the west pit of its Beaver Creek Quarry, and would use the water to provide the trout hatchery's emergency water supply, said Mark Filar, chief water appropriations permits for MDE.

As part of the proposal, Mellott has applied for permission to establish a "zone of dewatering influence" around both the east and west pits of the quarry.

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If a zone is approved, Mellott would be able to remove the water, but would be liable for potential water problems in the 650-acre zone, he said.

A zone of dewatering influence identifies an area in which the quarry owner would be held liable should the quarry adversely affect wellwater supplies to adjacent properties. Such zones are established by the state.

A state law enacted in 1991 provides for such zones to be established around surface mines in Washington, Frederick, Carroll and Baltimore counties because of the terrain in those areas.

As a condition to receive the zoning and removing the water, the company had to develop a contingency plan for the nearby hatchery, Filar said.

About 15 people spoke at a Jan. 24 hearing on the topic. That hearing was attended by more than 120 people.

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