In 2000, the State of Maryland purchased the land underlying Deep Creek Lake, buffer zone properties and certain other parcels from General Public Utility, Inc (GPU), for $17 million. During its' 2000 session, as the sale was being finalized, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to guide future management of Deep Creek Lake.
The new law enacted by the General Assembly established a Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board (PRB). The PRB is required to meet a minimum of four times per year and is charged with advising the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on matters relating to lake fees, budget and management. All fee and regulation changes must be approved by the PRB. In addition, the PRB and DNR were mandated to issue a Deep Creek Lake Recreation and Land Use Plan by June 2001 that provides for the wise use, protection and management of the natural and recreational resources of Deep Creek Lake.
Purpose and Goals of the Plan
The PRB and DNR hope to accomplish, with Garrett County's favorable consideration, the following major goals with the Deep Creek Lake Recreation and Land Use Plan:
Policy and Review Board Procedures and Operations
Establishes procedures for conducting Board meetings and business.
Assessment of Existing Conditions, Recreational Uses, Facilities and Management
The plan discusses background information pertaining to the following items in order to provide a framework for the recommendations:
Major Issues and Recommendations
The recommendations contained in the plan are grouped under seven major topics.
Appendix I - Natural Resources of the Deep Creek Lake Region
Provides background information concerning the natural resources of the Deep Creek Lake watershed.
Appendix II - History of the Deep Creek Lake Region
Discusses the history of settlement since the 1700's.
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