Aids To Navigation To Be Discontinued in Spring Garden Creek

BALTIMORE – Due to shoaling problems in Spring Garden Creek, located in Frederick County, Md., the Coast Guard is preparing to discontinue two navigational aids.

The aids for Spring Garden Creek were established to assist tugs and barges unloading at the Baltimore Gas & Electric Facility. BG&E closed in 1993, which downgraded the waterway to a non-critical status due to no other commercial activity. The lack of tug and barge traffic has allowed the waterway to shoal, and in April 2007 the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team in Baltimore requested Spring Garden Creek Daybeacon 4 (LL 21315) and Spring Garden Creek Daybeacon 6(LL 21320) be discontinued.

Advance notice for the proposed change to discontinue the aids for Spring Garden Creek was posted in the Local Notice to Mariners between June 20 to July 30. This information was also announced at the Maryland Port Authority meeting last week.

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