Friday, January 18, 2013

Proposed new regulations for WSSC watershed trails contain a poison pill

Per Ron MacNab, WSSC's proposed new regulations governing use of its trails around the Rocky Gorge and Triadelphia reservoirs by horseback riders and others contain some good things and some bad things, but one really significant game changer.

Here's a link to the text of the regulations: 

The Good:
·        Horseback riding is permitted on designated trails with purchase of a permit.

·        Hiking, Bird watching, and leashed pets are permitted with purchase of a permit.

·        Some trails in Triadelphia may be opened in the future.

The Bad:

·        All animal waste must be collected before leaving and deposited in trash receptacles or taken away for disposal.

·        Horseback riding not permitted December 1 through March 15

Seniors, over the age of 65, no longer receive a free pass.
·        Commercial stables with entrance onto the watershed must enter into a legal agreement with WSSC that requires:

o   purchase an entrance permit for the stable, cost $250

o   hold the stable responsible for boarders to purchase permits before entering the watershed. cost $70 per person.

·        Adjacent landowners with horses must enter into a legal agreement with WSSC that requires:
o   purchase an Adjacent Landowners Entrance Permit, cost $80
o   purchase a Use Permit, cost $70 per person.
·        Seasonal Watershed Use Permit fee increased from $60 to $70.
Please plan to attend and speak at the following meeting:
A community meeting to hear comments/concerns about the proposed regulations is scheduled for January 24, 2013 in the Commission Auditorium, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Md., 20707 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

You may sign up to speak at the meeting or in advance by emailing your name and contact information to or call 301-206-8100.

Those wishing to provide written comments on the regulations can email them to or send them to:

Watershed Comments
                        Office of Communications & Community Relations
                        14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707

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