Woodsboro Quarry Fined $2,500, Caused Water Discoloration

WOODSBORO, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of the Environment has fined a Frederick County rock quarry $2,500 after a resident reported “chalky colored” water.

County sustainability manager Shannon Moore tells the Frederick News-Post the discolored water in Israel Creek was reported Feb. 6 to the county Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources. The water was deemed to not be a health risk.

Moore says the source of the discolored water was traced to a quarry operated by Laurel Sand and Gravel Inc., a limestone processing plant. Plant manager Mike Myers says a cable holding a water pump at the quarry snapped and allowed the pump to float over to a section of water mixed with rock dust.

MDE served the company with a $2,500 penalty and ordered it to build an embankment between the wastewater and clean water.


This story has been corrected to show the correct name of the creek as “Israel Creek,” not “Indian Creek.”


Information from: The Frederick News-Post

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