NRP Issues Upper Potomac River Advisory for Weekend

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is urging boaters and other recreational users to avoid the Upper Potomac River, including its creeks and streams, this weekend.

The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rains for the region that will lead to a dramatic rise in water levels. At Point of Rocks in Frederick County, forecasters believe the river will rise to 13 feet by Monday morning. Flood stage is 16 feet.

 

Read More Here:  http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2015/06/26/nrp-issues-upper-potomac-river-advisory-for-weekend/

North Branch of Potomac becomes recreational center

(Source: The Charleston Gazette)By Paul J. Nyden, The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.
Jan. 17–Read the full report here

MORGANTOWN — After decades of pollution, Maryland state agencies have turned the North Branch of the Potomac River into a major recreational area and boon to local economic development.

The North Branch runs along the border between the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and western Maryland.

Downstream Strategies, a Morgantown environmental consulting firm, released a report last month documenting local economic benefits from improving water quality in the river.

During the past 25 years, the North Branch changed from a river “you wouldn’t even want to wade in” to a high quality fishery hosting naturally reproducing trout and bass, the report states.

Improvements came after eight “dosers” were installed in 1992. These facilities add alkaline chemicals to the North Branch and its tributaries to counteract acid mine drainage from abandoned coal mines.

But ongoing remediation projects, initiated by Maryland state agencies, could be threatened within a few years if funding sources evaporate.

Read the full article here.

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Study: fee boost could keep Md. trout river clean

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) – A study concludes that anglers and boaters are willing to pay more to keep the North Branch of the Potomac River running clean.

The $40,000 study by Downstream Strategies of Morgantown, W.Va., was delivered Friday to state regulators by the Maryland State Water Quality Advisory Committee.

Federal, state and Garrett County agencies ordered the report to address an expected loss of government operating funds for eight machines that regularly dispense lime into the river and its tributaries to counteract acid drainage from abandoned coal mines.

Researchers found that river users are willing to pay higher trout stamp fees or donate to a restoration fund to maintain the $321,000 annual cost of the lime dosers.

Read the full article here.

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) – A study concludes that anglers and boaters are willing to pay more to keep the North Branch of the Potomac River running clean.

The $40,000 study by Downstream Strategies of Morgantown, W.Va., was delivered Friday to state regulators by the Maryland State Water Quality Advisory Committee.

Federal, state and Garrett County agencies ordered the report to address an expected loss of government operating funds for eight machines that regularly dispense lime into the river and its tributaries to counteract acid drainage from abandoned coal mines.

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Fishermen are catching 8-foot sharks in the Potomac River

In fairness, these sharks are nowhere near the Garrett County areas of the Potomac, but I thought it was an interesting story to share:
By J. Freedom du Lac
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 3, 2010; 12:07 AM

Willy Dean was on the Potomac River in a 22-foot skiff Tuesday morning when he realized there was something both abnormal and enormous in his net. It was a deadly 8-foot-1 bull shark, a 300-pound-plus killer that had likely been feasting on cownose rays at Cornfield Harbor, just off the shores of Point Lookout State Park.

Buh bump. Buh bump. Buh bump buhbump buhbump. . . .

“When I first seen it, it was like ‘Jaws’ — we need a bigger boat!” Dean said Thursday. “I’m not kidding you. It looked huge. I didn’t know how we were gonna get it out. It’s my first shark. I’ve been fishing here a little over 30 years, and it’s the first time I’ve even seen one.”

But it wasn’t even the only one caught on the river during what has apparently become Shark Week on the Potomac. Thomas Crowder, a commercial fisherman from St. Mary’s County, said he and his crew were cutting a net near Tall Timbers on Wednesday when an even bigger bull shark was trapped. “He couldn’t swim and breathe, and he drowned,” Crowder said. “We kept saying for years that we wanted to catch a shark. . . . And Willy gets one, and then all of the sudden we get one. What are the odds? It’s just bizarre.”

Read the rest here.

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Casselman, Potomac River fishing

Mr. Neuland mentions fly fishing for trout in Garrett County, specifically the Casselman & Potomac Rivers. Garrett County is famous for its trout fishing streams & rivers. From the Frederick News Post:

Town Creek: The water was pristine
Originally published March 28, 2010

By Dan Neuland
Today’s Sportsman

I HAVE LIVED in Maryland for more than 20 years and am ashamed to admit that I had never fished Town Creek until last year. For years, I have traveled I-68 through Allegany County on my way to fly fish the popular trout fisheries in Garrett County, driving right over Town Creek without stopping to sample the waters.
Last March, I took the opportunity to do a little early morning turkey scouting in Green Ridge State Forest, and combined the outing with some afternoon fly fishing in the delayed-harvest trout fishing area on Town Creek.

Before leaving home, I checked the Maryland Freshwater Sportfishing Guide online for information on tackle restrictions and printed the driving directions from the Department of Natural Resources website.

Like the other delayed harvest areas in western Maryland, such as the Casselman River and the North Branch of the Potomac River, Town Creek is managed as catch and release with artificial lures or flies only restrictions in the fall, late winter and throughout the spring.

Read the rest of the article here.

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NRP Warns That Upper Potomac Should Be Avoided

NRP Warns That Upper Potomac Should Be Avoided

Mar. 25, 2010

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) has announced that boating and other recreational use of the Upper Potomac River, including its creeks and streams, should continue to be avoided based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). This advisory has been extended through tomorrow, Friday, March 26, and will be updated next week if necessary.
Because of recent precipitation, river levels are hazardous for recreational use on the entire main stem of the Uppor Potomac River from Kitzmiller to Little Falls. Hazardous stages are water levels which pose a threat to non-white-water vessels, tubers, swimmers, and other recreational users and are caused by wave action, water velocity, and treacherous currents. This condition may exist on tributaries of the Potomac as well.

This warning does not apply to professionally guided river trips. The public is reminded that river travel involves risks. Water and boating safety should be practiced always. The Maryland NRP reminds boaters to always wear a life jacket. It is mandatory to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket while boating on the Potomac from Nov. 15 to May 15 each year.

For more information on current river conditions, persons may contact the National Weather Service at 703-996-2200.

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