Water Quality

September 19th, 2012 No Comments

Initial Response

In January of 2011, the Frederick County Division of Utilities & Solid Waste Management (DUSWM), began performing routine testing of water quality in Lake Linganore. This testing is conducted regularly and is part of normal procedures related to water entering the Linganore Creek pump station.  More importantly, this testing is a way for the County to ensure that their sewer lines are functioning properly (without leaking).

Results from these tests were acquired by a resident and disseminated throughout the community in early August of 2012. Immediately LLA reached out to public officials and subject matter experts regarding E. coli and its potential threats.  LLA also began researching similar cases and possible preliminary determinations or analysis that could be identified related to the presence of E.coli in Lake Linganore.

In response to the DUSWM Report, our research findings and obvious membership concerns, LLA has partnered with regulatory agencies to host a Town Hall Meeting on Lake Water Quality on August 29, 2012.

Town Hall Meeting Summary

We were fortunate to have George Keller, Director of the Frederick County Health Department; Kevin Demosky, Director – Frederick County Division of Utilities & Solid Waste Management; and Mark Schweitzer, Frederick County Regulatory Compliance Department Head as speakers at the Town Hall meeting last week. They provided an overview of the water quality of the lake and the testing that the County performs.

The existence of E.coli and algae in the lake has always been there and always will be. It’s really a question of quantity at any given time. The County’s test results indicate that the water at one of our beaches can be well within the safe readings while at the same time the other beach can be at very high levels. There are many factors that affect the levels but the primary factor is storm events.

Because of the variables and the need for professional interpretation of the test results, environmental conditions, number of swimmers, and so on, LLA cannot advise the residents as to whether the water is safe or not. Swimming in our lake or in any natural waters is a personal choice that has to be made by the swimmer.

LLA staff is in the process of seeking proposals for water testing and other input which would allow us to post test results at the beaches. Each resident would have to make their own decisions based on this information and current conditions at the beach. It is unlikely that this program will be in place this season but our goal is to have more information posted by next year’s beach season.

Learn more about the Lake Linganore Monitoring Program.

Check out the County’s Presentation, given at the Town Hall Meeting:  Lake Linganore Water Quality

Letter from the BoD

To the Residents of Lake Linganore,

We, the Board of Directors, would like to address the health of Lake Linganore with you. As residents of the community, it is a very serious matter, not just in the immediate future but for the health and future of the lake for years to come. We want to thank the LLA staff for investigating and working diligently to address our concerns, not just as board members but also as residents. We appreciate initiating the Town Hall Meeting last week to address E coli levels in the lake and arranging for representatives from Frederick County Department of Health and Frederick County Department of Waste Water Management to attend as guest speakers. To all of the residents who attended the meeting, we appreciate your concerns regarding the health and well being of you and your family. We are not experts in this matter and the ideas that you contributed were great and much appreciated. The LLA Board of Directors and staff are working to develop and implement a plan to address your concerns.   As activities and updates change on a daily basis we have requested an update during our BOD meetings held monthly as to the progress and activities concerning the lake. We encourage any resident with ideas or a willingness to help with a solution to please contact an LLA Village Manager. Again, as residents we strive to ensure the safety of our lake.

Thank You,

Board of Directors, Lake Linganore Association

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