Bethesda's Old Farm Creek, a tributary of Cabin John Creek and the Potomac River, is one of 2 local waterways scheduled to carry over 3.6 million gallons of groundwater per day during a WSSC tunnel construction project.
A WSSC contractor has applied to the Maryland Department of the Environment for a discharge permit to allow this during construction of the Bi-County Water Tunnel along Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda.
Water flows will also contain 5000 gallons per day of equipment washwater, to be discharged into Old Farm Creek near Tuckerman, and Rock Creek near Kensington Parkway.
The Old Farm discharge site lies between Cabin John shopping center and Westfield Montgomery Mall near Tuckerman Lane. A prominent channel passes beneath Tuckerman in that area.
Should you wish to request a public meeting to be held regarding this matter, you can mail a written request to:
MDE: Water Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230-1708
Attn: Mr. Michael Richardson
Hurry - it must be received by May 16, 2013.
You can arrange to review the application in person, by calling Richardson at 410-537-3323 to schedule an appointment.