As a 35-year resident of Mountaindale Road, I am pretty concerned that after Dec. 1, it will be the only entrance to the Frederick City Watershed.

We already get our share of traffic, and most are very respectful of the unique log cabin setting and the beautiful fishing creek, but I am sure Mountaindale Road cannot support all of the future traffic.

There are excellent reasons to monitor traffic and protect our wonderful resources from the watershed:

  • Many people dump trash throughout the mountain. It looks awful, and it is costly to pick up.
  • There is still a little off-road riding despite the good efforts of the city to block these areas off.

Of course no one wants this ,so the plan to use cameras at the entrance will greatly deter these unwanted actions.

The Mountaindale Road entrance has electric service close by, so I imagine this is the reason to keep it open as it will be easier to hook up the monitoring equipment.

I hope the city will consider keeping all the access points open, using solar panels to install monitors at all the entrance points to “the Shed,” a beautiful resource used by hundreds on any given weekend day.

That means a lot of traffic on a little road that isn’t meant to handle it.

Ted Trey

Frederick

(2) comments

Lev928

IN the best interest of the watershed. the city/county will restrict its access to local residents and paid users. The watershed has been abused by off-road cyclists (and their false agenda "clubs"), along with poachers, thieves, dope addicts and the abusive 4x4 drivers. The overwhelming majority of honest users are hikers, fishermen and conservationists. Keep it limited to only the honest, law-abiding people. Shut the rest off and keep them out. It'snot only a water supply zone, but also a sanctuary for endangered and protected species of wildlife. They want to create electronically secure and monitored gates? Shut off certain areas to public access? Fine. They've already done so in years past. Make it more secure. The "off-road" cyclists from out the area have done nothing more than pollute and destroy the environment. Fact. The poachers have killed black bear and timber rattlesnakes. Fact. If you live anywhere outside of western Maryland (which includes Frederick County), you have NO business being in the watershed. Period.

snallygaster

The parking areas along Gambrill Park Road, Hamburg Road, the Sand Flats, and Whiskey Springs Pond will still be available as access points to the watershed, though their capacity will undoubtedly be tested during peak use times.



I read that the Mountaindale entrance will also be gated so it will be opened in the morning and closed again at night. I suspect that Mountaindale will experience a long line of vehicles wending through it on the first day of deer season next year.

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