Stream study yields important information

Frederick News Post
rederick County recently released the findings of an important study on the health and vitality of its many streams. The survey provides detailed information on the water quality, physical condition and biological activity in the county’s smaller waterways. Two hundred specific sites were sampled for the study. While the news is somewhat mixed, there is plenty of cause for concern. More than half of the county’s stream miles had banks that were either moderately or severely eroded. Nearly 20 percent had badly degraded habitats where aquatic creatures should be found in abundance; 11 of 20 watershed areas in the study received a poor rating for insect life, an important indicator of stream health. As could have been predicted, streams in agricultural areas or in proximity to development fared worse than those more removed from human activity. It’s no secret that runoff from farming and development contribute to stream pollution, sediment buildup and bank erosion.

Water study finds many county streams in poor health

Frederick News Post
Bethany Rodgers
The majority of Frederick County’s watershed areas are suffering from, poor biological health and moderate to severe bank erosion, according, to a sweeping water quality report released Monday. Human activities such as farming and development are largely, responsible for the wide-ranging symptoms of damaged waterways, detailed in the four-year assessment, said Shannon Moore, who manages, the county’s office of sustainability and environmental resources. The, study commissioned by the county is the first of its kind and takes, stock of bug populations, the amount of food and shelter available for, stream life, erosion, and water pollutants. Moore said the county aims to develop these evaluations every four, years and will use the first report as a baseline against which to, compare future data.