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Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond | PHOTOS

Mike Watson is working with neighbors to save the large pond at the center of their Hampstead-area neighborhood. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam impounding the pond, shared by Watson and another property owner who can't be located, be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
(Dylan Slagle)

Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond | PHOTOS

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Mike Watson is working with neighbors to save the large pond at the center of their Hampstead-area neighborhood. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam impounding the pond, shared by Watson and another property owner who can't be located, be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
(Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
Mike Watson is working with neighbors to save the large pond at the center of their Hampstead-area neighborhood. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam impounding the pond, shared by Watson and another property owner who can't be located, be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
Mike Watson is working with neighbors to save the large pond at the center of their Hampstead-area neighborhood. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam impounding the pond, shared by Watson and another property owner who can't be located, be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
A county storm drain empties runoff water into a large pond at the center Mike Watson's Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
A county storm drain empties runoff water into a large pond at the center Mike Watson's Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
Mike Watson is working with neighbors to save the large pond at the center of their Hampstead-area neighborhood. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam impounding the pond, shared by Watson and another property owner who can't be located, be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
Mike Watson is working with neighbors to save the large pond at the center of their Hampstead-area neighborhood. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam impounding the pond, shared by Watson and another property owner who can't be located, be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
A county storm drain empties runoff water into a large pond at the center Mike Watson's Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
A county storm drain empties runoff water into a large pond at the center Mike Watson's Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
Mike Watson is working with neighbors to save the large pond at the center of their Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that a dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
Mike Watson is working with neighbors to save the large pond at the center of their Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that a dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
Mike Watson stands on the earthen dam that holds water in a large pond at the center of his Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
Mike Watson stands on the earthen dam that holds water in a large pond at the center of his Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
The original drainage, which failed last summer, can be seen under the surface of a large pond at the center Mike Watson's Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
The original drainage, which failed last summer, can be seen under the surface of a large pond at the center Mike Watson's Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
Mike Watson stands on the earthen dam that holds water in a large pond at the center of his Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway, pictured, was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
Mike Watson stands on the earthen dam that holds water in a large pond at the center of his Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway, pictured, was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
Mike Watson is working with neighbors to save the large pond at the center of their Hampstead-area neighborhood. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam impounding the pond, shared by Watson and another property owner who can't be located, be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
Mike Watson is working with neighbors to save the large pond at the center of their Hampstead-area neighborhood. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam impounding the pond, shared by Watson and another property owner who can't be located, be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
A county storm drain empties runoff water into a large pond at the center Mike Watson's Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
A county storm drain empties runoff water into a large pond at the center Mike Watson's Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
Neighbors, from left, Ryan and Chris Kvech and Sawyer Strauther pull a canoe up on Mike Watson's Hampstead-area property Friday, March 5, 2021. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam impounding the large pond, shared by Watson and another property owner who can't be located, be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
Neighbors, from left, Ryan and Chris Kvech and Sawyer Strauther pull a canoe up on Mike Watson's Hampstead-area property Friday, March 5, 2021. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam impounding the large pond, shared by Watson and another property owner who can't be located, be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
Neighbors work to save Hampstead pond
A population of beavers, along with fish, turtles and bald eagles make up the ecosystem of a large pond at the center Mike Watson's Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource.
A population of beavers, along with fish, turtles and bald eagles make up the ecosystem of a large pond at the center Mike Watson's Hampstead-area neighborhood Friday, March 5, 2021. A spillway was built on an adjacent property when the original overflow for the lake failed in July. The Maryland Department of the Environment is demanding that the dam be repaired at a cost of $150,000 or they will drain the lake, which is teeming with wildlife and an important fire suppression resource. (Dylan Slagle)
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