Some comments on the Laurel Leader's informative article about WSSC closing their equestrian trail ("Not so Happy Trails," Aug. 18):

WSSC provided no evidence that trail use damages the water, as WSSC's general manager asserts, despite repeated requests. Yet data from WSSC's previous Environmental Advisory Committee, recently again given to WSSC officials, show this trail use causes no meaningful fraction of the reservoir's impairments (see calculation on the Facebook group "Save the WSSC horse trail").

WSSC moved riding to their access road, which the general manager claims is "very flat and very negotiable." Yet really, much is extremely steep and rocky with nasty erosion, clearly shown by looking at the area, by topo maps, by the Leader's photos and photo captions and more photos (search for "WSSC and trail" on YouTube).

WSSC banned riding in the winter, claiming that's the wettest time, but data (from NOAA and many sources) shows that's the driest season.


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The general manager is irate about two barns (both in Prince George's County) having compost piles near the edge of their property — located precisely where directed by county environmental agents.

The general manager is hiring consultants to study reservoir impairments. Does he not believe the state's recently completed comprehensive study of precisely that, which shows run-off from farms and animals in Prince George's County causes no problem for the reservoir?

Why is WSSC spending ratepayer money on yet another study, when it is already done, rather than focusing on their many pressing problems?

Barbara Sollner-Webb

West Laurel