The state of Maryland issued a total maximum daily load, or TMDL for sediment in the Marsh Run watershed.
That means they have determined Marsh Run is impaired by sediment and is not meeting water quality standards.
Washington County is requesting a meeting with the Maryland department of the environment to find out how they reached this decision, so they can work to reduce the sediment loading throughout the county.
“Stream bank erosion is one of the main contributing factors behind sediment getting into our waterways. A lot of the steam banks in our area are straight up and down, where they should have an angle to them that allow as the flood waters rise they don’t tear and rip away at the stream banks,” said Alex Reed, Washington County Watershed Specialist.
Currently the Antietam, Conococheague, Potomac River, and Chesepeake Bay all have TMDL’s for sediment that the county is working on reducing.