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Utility, Horseback Riders At Odds Over Trail

 

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — Horseback riders are at odds with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission after the utility blocked access to a trail that’s been used for decades.

 

The WSSC says the trail is sending horse waste and sediment into the drinking water supply. The utility provides water to 1.8 million people in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

 

The 18-mile trail is on land owned by the WSSC surrounding the Patuxent River’s Rocky Gorge Reservoir. The Patuxent provides about 30 percent of the drinking water to WSSC customers.

 

Horseback riding is now allowed only on an access road on the edge of WSSC property. But riders say the road has sent far more soil into nearby streams than the old trail did. They say nearly two dozen area stables depend on the trail.

 

 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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One Comment

  1. Doug says:

    Hmmm.
    A group of horse riders vs. a Utility .
    Now let’s think here.
    Who will win out ?

  2. JoeFromAACounty says:

    THERE’S TONS OF DEER POOP BEING WASHED INTO ROCKY GORGE ALL THE TIME……………..A LITTLE HORSE POOP ISN’T GOING TO MAKE MUCH DIFFERENCE………………..I USED TO LIVE IN LAUREL AND THE WATER THERE IS VERY TASTY!!!!!!

  3. Dorchester says:

    C’mon, there is more chicken poop washing into the bay from farmland in my county and you think a couple dozen horses will fowl the water. Sounds like they want money or its a liability issue. If there is a problem then give the land back to the public, since you got it thru PUBLIC domain

  4. pigeon says:

    Doug – That’s exactly what I was thinking but you got to it first.
    I’ll not make a wager on this one! I guess the utility workers don’t like walking the trails and stepping in horse poo! So, instead they just plain shut it off as public access. Riders/stable owners need to look into this legally; hopefully, one of their colleges or family member is a member of the MD Bar Assn. They should demand a copy of the test results; I just don’t believe what the utility is saying (wonder why). Continuing saga, if it isn’t big companies taking away from the public it is some government department (local, state, federal). Can’t win for losing!

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