KEEDYSVILLE, Md. (AP) — State environmental officials are considering a request by a dairy farmer to draw water from Antietam Creek so he can raise his own crops.

The Maryland Department of Environment’s Water Management Administration conducted a hearing Thursday on Dean Lehman’s request to draw an annual average of 123,000 gallons of water per day from the creek near Keedysville.

Josh Robins, who represented Lehman at the hearing, said prices for feed for livestock such as corn and soybeans have skyrocketed, and Lehman wants the water to raise his own crops.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports that MDE will accept public comments on the request until Sept. 21. It is not known when the agency will make a decision.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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