Horseback Riders Fight To Reopen Reservoir Trail | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Horseback Riders Fight To Reopen Reservoir Trail

Play associated audio
Horseback riders in Maryland are trying to negotiate with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to reopen a trail near the Patuxent River.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeff_kontur/3423011515/
Horseback riders in Maryland are trying to negotiate with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to reopen a trail near the Patuxent River.

The WSSC says the trail, on the grounds of the Rocky Gorge Reservoir near Laurel, Md., is sending horse waste and sediment into the drinking water supply, according to the Associated Press. The utility provides water to nearly 2 million people in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

The 18-mile trail is on land owned by the WSSC surrounding the Patuxent River's Rocky Gorge Reservoir (map). The Patuxent provides about 30 percent of the drinking water to the utility's customers.

Horseback riding is now allowed only on an access road on the edge of the property. But riders say the road has sent far more soil into nearby streams than the old trail did. Nearly two dozen area stables depend on the trail.

NPR

The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
NPR

Author And His Daughter Cook Around The Word And You Can Too

Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.
NPR

Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.
NPR

Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.