Deep Creek Lake: Permit Renewal Application

The existing permit for the operation of Deep Creek Station, GA1992S009(08), is due to expire on April 1, 2019. On October 11, 2018, Brookfield Power Piney & Deep Creek Lake LLC applied to renew their permit. This application has been assigned permit application number GA 1992S009/09. The applicant seeks to renew their existing appropriation permit for the operation of the Deep Creek Station hydroelectric generation facility. This application seeks to increase an existing allocation from an annual average of 94,000,000 gallons per day (gpd) to 128,000,000 gpd. There is no proposed change to the maximum daily withdrawal of 420,000,000 gallons. The reason for the requested average annual increase is to account for higher flow volumes into Deep Creek Lake during years of high precipitation.

This proposed permit renewal may be of interest to many and documents related to the application process will be posted below as the application is reviewed. This review process will involve three meetings with representatives of the various stakeholders as described in "Package Sent from MDE to Applicatin (2019-Jan-15)" below. More information will be added as the review progresses.

Basic Documents Related to Application

First Stakeholder Meeting

The first stakeholder meeting was held on February 28, 2019 at Wisp in McHenry, Maryland from 9 AM thru Noon with a lunch provided afterward.  The meeting summary is linked here.  Additional documents are:

Second Stakeholder Meeting

The second stakeholder meeting was held on March 28, 2019 at Wisp in McHenry, Maryland from 9AM thru Noon. The meeting summary is linked here. Additional documents are:

Third Stakeholder Meeting

The third and final stakeholder meeting was held April 25, 2019 at Wisp in McHenry, Maryland from 9AM thru Noon. The meeting summary is posted here. Documents currently available are:

  

Subcommittee on the Temperature Enhancement Protocol

A subcommittee was created to consider proposed changes to the protocol governing the Temperature Enhancement Releases (TERs) required by the currently effective permit for Deep Creek Station. The existing protocol is run to determine if a TER should be made to maintain the water temperature less than 25 Degrees C in the Youghiogheny River between the project tailrace and Sang Run, during the months of June, July, and August when a Whitewater Recreational Release (WWR) will not be made and the flow measured at USGS streamgage 03075500 (Youghiogheny River Near Oakland, MD) is less than 150 cubic feet per second (cfs). Revisions to be considered include, but are not limited to, extending the period during which the Temperature Enhancement Protocol will be run until September 15 and raising the flow limit at Oakland from less than 150 cfs to less than 180 cfs. (The proposal to start running the protocol in May has been dropped as not being justified by current measurements.) One meeting was held on August 1, 2019. Below are various presentations, documents, and selected correspondence relevant to that meeting.

A second meeting of the subcommittee has been scheduled for December 4, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Garrett College, Room 103 of the Continuing Education Workforce Development building, which is shown on this map. We do not yet have an agenda for this meeting, but will post the agenda when we do.

  

Selected Correspondence Related to the Permit Application

Below are links to selected correspondence related to the proposed permit renewal.

Public Informational Hearing

A Public Informational Hearing was held on October 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Auditorum of Garrett College.  Documents, presentations, and audio recordings are linked below.

The public comment period for this application remains open until close of business on December 16, 2019. Comments may be submitted by email to john.grace@maryland.gov or by mail to John Grace, Chief, Source Protection and Appropriation Division, Water Supply Program, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21230.

 

For More Information

If you wish to review the application file or have question about the project, you may contact the WSP by mail at Water Supply Program, Source Protection and Appropriation Division, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, by phone at 410-537-3590, or by email to john.smith@maryland.gov. The history of the project, previous permits, and supporting information are documented at :  https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Water/water_supply/Pages/DeepCreekLake.aspx

If you have any questions concerning the application, please contact the applicant by phone at 570-226-1371 or by mail at: Brookfield Power Piney & Deep Creek, LLC, 126 Lamberton Lane, Hawley PA 18428.