Updated: March 13, 2023
Pond and Watershed Management
Prior to digging or re-digging a pond, landowners need to contact their Soil Conservation District or Natural Resources Conservation Service Office to obtain the appropriate permits. In most counties, these offices can offer assistance in pond sitting and design.
Updated: May 17, 2022
Ground Water and Wells in the Maryland Piedmont
The Piedmont physiographic province in Maryland is located between the Blue Ridge and Coastal Plain provinces (figure 1). The Piedmont is underlain primarily by metamorphic and igneous crystalline rocks, with smaller amounts of sedimentary rocks. Over time the rocks have been folded, faulted, and fractured to varying degrees, and the region is commonly referred to as fractured-rock terrane (Nutter and Otton, 1969). The boundary between the Piedmont and Coastal Plain provinces is known as the Fall Line, and it separates the hard, fractured rocks of the Piedmont from the unconsolidated sediments of the Coastal Plain.
Updated: May 17, 2022
Ground Water and Wells In the Maryland Coastal Plain
Maryland’s Coastal Plain aquifer system lies within the Atlantic Coastal Plain physiographic province which includes eastern and southern areas of Maryland (figure 1). A relatively thick wedge of largely unconsolidated sediments underlies Maryland's Coastal Plain. The sediments consist predominantly of sand, gravel, silt, and clay, ranging in age from Cretaceous to Quaternary, and overlie consolidated rocks of Precambrian, Lower Paleozoic, Jurassic(?), and Triassic age (Andreasen and others, 2013). The sediments dip gently to the east and southeast with thickness ranging from a few tens of feet near the Fall Line to approximately 7,200 ft at Ocean City, Maryland (figure 2).
Updated: May 16, 2022
Sodium in Your Well Water: A Health Concern - FS 1084
Knowing the amount of sodium in your drinking water is important for your health, especially if you have high blood pressure. Sodium is an essential mineral for maintaining a healthy fluid balance and is important for brain function and muscle contractions but consuming too much sodium can elevate your blood pressure.