Deep Creek Watershed Foundation Wins Award

On Saturday morning, October 1, 2022, The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation (DCWF) was honored as the recipient for Garrett County of the 2021 William Donald Shaefer Helping People Award. This award was presented to the DCWF by the State of Maryland’s Comptroller, Peter Franchot. More information about this annual award and program can be found at the link below:

The DCWF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization formed in 2016 and designed to accept tax deductible donations and use those donations over time to support the implementation of the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan (WMP). The WMP was created in a collaborative effort between citizens of Garrett County, Garrett County Government, and the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources. It was clear to some of those citizens who assisted in the development of the plan, that neither the State nor County would alone be able to fund the myriad of projects necessary to implement the plan. To address this fiscal reality, the DCWF was created and uses a methodology of creating public/private partnerships to fund projects.

Information concerning the DCWF, the projects it has supported thus far as well as some planned for the future can be found at: The DCWF has an all-volunteer Board of Directors as well as a very supportive group of Advisors and Volunteers who assist the board in a wide variety of ways. Financial support is received from individual donors, event sponsors, and grants which are used to fund the projects.

Individuals wishing to donate may go to the website and donate or forward checks to: The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation P.O. Box 376, Oakland, Maryland 21550 For any questions, call Sandy Bello, VP at 240.321.2524 or email