Tell MDE to Protect the Little Gunpowder Falls!

Indian Grave Run could receive up to 5,000 gallons per day of treated wastewater if the permit is approved. This intermittent tributary is protected by state law from these types of discharges until all other remedies are exhausted. The Indian Grave Run enters the Little Gunpowder falls directly below the Historic Jericho Bridge.

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The State of Maryland does not require proximity-based notice on discharge permits so Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER has provided the following:

Please email or write the MDE by August 2, 2019 opposing the Mountain Christian Church discharge permit #18DP3850. If approved, the permit would allow a discharge of up to 5,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day into Indian Grave Run, a small intermittent stream that flows and enters into the Little Gunpowder Falls at the Jericho covered bridge.

When submitting comments, please tell MDE: Your name, physical address, phone and email. State how long you have lived in the area and how long you have enjoyed these waters. State that you are concerned that the permit as written will harm you, your property, your recreational or aesthetic interests or the environment for any/all of the following reasons:

The permit fails to protect:

The Indian Grave Run, which is protected by state law from surface water discharges unless all other remedies are exhausted;

Public health of the local community; and the existing and designated uses of Indian Grave Run and the downstream, impaired, navigable waterbodies Little Gunpowder Falls, and Gunpowder River for uses like boating, fishing, crabbing and swimming because representative, continuous, monitoring of all pollutants including bacteria and temperature is not required;

Adjacent waterways and wells because MDE identified the Church as having significant noncompliance, but the permit fails to include information on meaningful enforcement and corrective action;

Downstream waterways from overflows because secondary containment is not required and storm water on the site has not been characterized;

Finally, ask MDE to require an on-site solution for wastewater to prohibit any discharges into Indian Grave Run and prompt the church to implement technology to treat pharmaceuticals in the waste stream.

Please join Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER in ensuring the facility is properly permitted to prevent downstream pollution by sharing your concerns. By August 2, 2019 at 5 PM Email comments to:
or mail to:
Yen-Der Cheng, Chief, Wastewater Permits, WSA, Ref: #18DP3850,
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 455
Baltimore, MD 21230-1708

Access the MDE application, draft permit and related documents.

Please ask MDE for an onsite solution to treated wastewater to protect everyone that lives, fishes and swims downstream!

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