Deer Creek Watershed Association Establishes Scholarship for Harford Community College Students

January 12, 2017 by steve · Comments Off 

The Deer Creek Watershed Association Environmental Science Scholarship at Harford Community College was created by the association in 2015. Association board members David Boniface and Albert Isennock recently presented a check to the scholarship’s first recipient, Patrick Donnelly.

The annual $1,000 scholarship will ease the financial burden for a first- or second-year Harford Community College student pursuing an A.S. degree in Environmental Science. The scholarship will help to support a student who intends to continue the major in a related curriculum at a four-year institution and pursue a career in the field.

The Deer Creek Watershed Association promotes conservation of the natural resources of the Deer Creek Watershed, the largest in Harford County, covering 38 percent of the County’s land area. The entire watershed covers approximately 109,400 acres (171 square miles) across two states (Maryland and Pennsylvania) and three counties. There are 86,000 acres in Harford County.

The association endeavors to educate, inform, and encourage citizens, politicians and government officials of environmental concerns affecting the watershed. Their overall goal is for a healthy and vibrant watershed that supports diverse aquatic life in balance with the needs of the community.

Deer Creek Watershed Association Supports Stormwater Management Bill; Suggests Further Fee Reducation For Landowners Who Control Stormwater

March 30, 2013 by steve · Comments Off 

The following testimony was presented to the Harford County Council in support of bill 13-12 with an amendment, by Richard Norling, President, Deer Creek Watershed Association.

The Deer Creek Watershed Association, Inc., supports passage of bill 13-12, and suggests an amendment that we believe will make the bill even more effective.

Before people began paving roads and parking lots, and constructing large buildings, rain water had many opportunities to soak into the ground instead of rolling over the surface directly to rivers and streams. Some of the water that soaked into the ground went deeper and replenished the aquifers that our water wells tap into. The water that stayed near the surface did migrate slowly towards rivers and streams, but tree roots along the way pulled the nutrients out of the water as it passed by.

Today when it rains much of the water flows quickly over impervious surfaces that prevent it from soaking into the ground. When the water leaves the pavement, the heavy flows pick up particles of soil, causing erosion. When the heavy flows all pour at the same time into a stream, the result is flooding, gouging of the streambanks, and undermining of large trees until they fall into the stream. That happens now in Deer Creek, Winters Run, and to some extent probably every creek and stream in Harford County. Read more

Deer Creek Valley Trail Ride Benefits Darlington Volunteer Fire Company

October 21, 2012 by deercreekmd · Comments Off 

Benefit Trail Ride
Saturday, Nov. 3
Benefits Darlington Volunteer Fire Company

Ride the Deer Creek Valley through beautiful private farms surrounding Darlington

Ride will start at 10:00 am from Elberton Hill Farm, Darlington, MD
~ Registration and Parking open at 8:30 am ~

Ride will be limited to 100 riders. • Riders must pre-register.

NO registrations accepted the day of the ride.

Three Different Guided Ride Options:

• Walk Only • Walk/Trot • Walk/Trot/Canter •

Rest stop with drinks and snacks along the way.

Lunch provided by DVFC at end of the ride.

Negative Coggins and helmets required.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $50 (includes lunch)
Lunch: $5 for non-riders Read more

Lee McDaniel Honored with National Association of Conservation Districts’ Prestigious President’s Award

February 4, 2012 by deercreekmd · Comments Off 

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) honored leaders in conservation during a special awards banquet last night. The ceremony was part of NACD’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas and was moderated by National Association of Farm Broadcasting President Tom Steever.

Lee McDaniel, NACD Executive Board Member and Deer Creek Watershed Association past president and board member from Darlington, Md., was honored with the prestigious President’s Award – one of highest forms of recognition bestowed by the nation’s largest private lands conservation organization.

“As I look back over the past year, I am humbled by the fact that we are clearly making a difference for conservation at the national scale,” said NACD President Gene Schmidt. “Someone who has been truly instrumental in helping us make the advances we have is Lee McDaniel. Whenever there’s been a challenge or an opportunity, Lee has stepped up to the plate and gone above-and-beyond for the cause of conservation.”

McDaniel, a beef and crop farmer, is deeply involved in conservation issues both locally and nationally. McDaniel serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee. Read more