Polluted county streams to blame for City’s drinking water contamination

In 2013 City of Frederick tap water violated federal health standards for carcinogenic chlorination byproducts.  Three of the 8 official sampling sites had contaminant levels above what is considered safe for drinking.  This health hazard is a result of polluted source water (streams, rivers, lake); it is not due to any deficiency on the part of the Frederick […]

Changes to stream buffer law will exacerbate water pollution

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Frederick County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the changes they propose to the ZT 13-09 Waterbody Buffer Zoning Ordinance, a change that would permit more clearing of buffers, more use in buffers and mandate less buffers.  In sum the changes are: changes moderate slope buffer from 150 feet to 125 changes […]