As some raise the specter of unhealthy drinking water, here are some facts about Little Seneca Lake and its water-supply role that you may find interesting.
The County Council on Friday will close the public record for comments on a proposed amendment to the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan that would significantly restrict development in the Ten Mile Creek area. Many in the community opposed new changes, including Joann Snowden Woodson, a fourth generation Clarksburg resident and member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the 1994 plan, who says:
- The lake is not an emergency drinking water supply. It’s a backup source of water for the Potomac River during times of severe drought.
- The Potomac is a drinking water source. WSSC operates a water filtration plant that draws river water.
- When needed, water is released from Little Seneca Lake into Seneca Creek which feeds the Potomac. The water travels more than 5 miles from where Seneca Creek meets the river before reaching the WSSC plant.
- There are four other creeks that feed Seneca Creek after the lake, enroute to the river: Bucklodge Branch, Great Seneca Creek, Dry Seneca Creek and Hookers Branch.
- Seneca Creek encompasses only 0.19 percent of the watershed area feeding the WSSC plant.
- Pulte accounts for even less of the WSSC water volume at 0.0043 percent, or 315 acres of 7.3 million acres.
“Over 20 years is too long to keep changing course and continually having doubts. Clarksburg’s future needs to start making successful progress…. The Master Plan is our guide to better living for all.”
Please call on the Council to forgo changes to the Clarksburg Master Plan. Use this easy link to send a letter. Remember, the record closes Dec. 20.