Watershed Opening Delayed Due to Icy, Wet Conditions

Permits Available Online, In Person at Brighton Dam Visitor’s Center

| News Release

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – March 14, 2014: Due to icy conditions and ground saturation, WSSC is delaying the opening of the watershed, originally scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday March, 15.

“As soon as the ice melts off of the reservoirs, the watershed will be opened for fishing and boating,” states Bill Dove, Chief Water Distribution Operator and Acting Watershed Manager. “At this time, multiuse trails are closed due to wet conditions, but we are able to open areas for picnicking.”

The Brighton Dam Visitor’s Information Center will be open from 7 a.m. to sunset, beginning tomorrow. Annual and daily watershed passes, along with the season rental of mooring stakes, will be sold tomorrow and Sunday in the visitor’s center. Permits can also be purchased through the WSSC website at wsscwater.com. 

As a reminder, WSSC made a number of changes to its Watershed Use Regulations beginning last year (March 2013). These can be found on WSSC’s website, wsscwater.com.  Some of the key rules instituted from last year include:

  • The season has been expanded by 30 days, opening the watershed 15 days earlier in the spring, and keeping it open 15 days later in the fall.
  • The watershed opens 30 minutes before sunrise, but we will keep the current closing time at sunset for safety reasons.
  • hiking and bird watching to permitted watershed activities.
  • People picnicking will now need a Watershed Use Permit for their group.
  • No animal waste can be left on the WSSC parking lots and roadways.
  • Smoking has been banned.
  • Fees for single day and seasonal Watershed Use Permits went up slightly, and fees have been instituted for Boarding Stable Owner and Adjacent Landowner Direct Access permits.

A hotline (301-206-4FUN) has been set up so users can check the open/closed status of the watershed or inquire about Boarding Stable Owner and Adjacent Landowner Direct Access permits.  Other important phone numbers include 301-206-8888 to reach security, or 301-206-7485 for maintenance issues.

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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