New Watershed Use Regulations Posted

New Rules and Fees Effective March 15, 2013

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Laurel, Maryland – February 12, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has posted updated Watershed Use Regulations and fees for the new season. They become effective March 15, 2013.

The new regulations reflect the key findings and recommendations of the EA Engineering study of WSSC’s portion of the Patuxent watershed, and the input from dozens of groups and hundreds of individuals over the last eight months. That input came from public and private meetings, as well as from written comments.

We have used that input to shape the regulations while maintaining WSSC’s primary objective of protecting source water quality for our customers.

A few highlights of the new regulations include:

  • We have kept the current regulation exempting people 65 years and older from having to pay for a Watershed Use permit.
  • The watershed will remain closed during the winter as recommended by the EA Engineering study.
  • We expanded the season by 30 days, opening the watershed 15 days sooner, and keeping it open 15 days later than the previous season.
  • The watershed will open 30-minutes before sunrise, but we will keep the current closing time at sunset for safety reasons.
  • We have added hiking and bird watching to permitted watershed activities.
  • No animal waste will be left on the WSSC parking lots and roadways.
  • Fees for single day and seasonal Watershed Use Permits have gone up slightly, and we have instituted fees for Boarding Stable Owner and Adjacent Landowner Direct Access permits.  

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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