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.

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

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Information from: The Frederick News-Post

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