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MDE holding meeting on irrigation request

August 22, 2012

The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold a meeting Thursday in Boonsboro to discuss an application to withdraw water from Antietam Creek.

The meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Eugene C. Smith Community Center in Shafer Memorial Park.

Dean Lehman is asking for a state permit to draw an annual average of 123,000 gallons of water per day to irrigate crops, according to MDE.

The maximum daily withdrawal would be 1,152,000 gallons.

Arefaine Gebremedhin, a geologist with MDE, said Lehman is growing 90 acres of corn, 30 acres of soybeans and 15 acres of hay.

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