Harford group sues over decision allowing use of Deer Creek water


A Harford County group filed suit in federal court yesterday seeking to strike down the Susquehanna River Basin Commission's decision to allow the city of Aberdeen to draw water from a designated scenic stream during emergencies.

The Deer Creek Watershed Association, made up primarily of property owners whose land is next to the creek, filed its suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The action comes after the city indicated two weeks ago that chemical contamination in several city wells led officials to shut them down late last month, creating an emergency need.

The city, which won a privatization contract several years ago to take over Aberdeen Proving Ground's water system, draws water from the creek to supply the installation.

It has sought approval to use water to meet city demands, too, but no decision on that request has been made by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, a regional water compact.

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