2014 Quarry Closing

Update – 14/Aug/2014

Looks like that’s it for the season, folks. The County is starting their testing, and diving is shut down until further notice.

If you’re not already on Undersea Outfitter’s Newsletter, you should sign up there – if and when the Quarry re-opens, that’s the fastest way to find out. Naturally, something will be posted here as well.

See you in 2015, hopefully!

 

(Prior updates under the cut, if you’re interested in the rest of the story)

Update! (1/Aug/2014)

We are still diving for now. Until pumping starts, we can get in the water.

At this time the quarry will be open August 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th. More dates may happen depending on the work progress. Check back here, or call Undersea Outfitters (410-517-4999) to check on status.

 

Hyde’s Quarry will be closing on July 27th 2014 TBD for the season.

 

Carroll County and the City of Westminster are conducting a recharge test of the Quarry, as mandated by The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). This will involve pumping 30 feet of water out of the quarry in order to determine how fast it recovers.

We’ve known about this possibility since early this year, but it was not confirmed until last week.

The County does not understand how important this site is to divers in Maryland and other nearby communities. With Hyde’s being unavailable, many dive shops will now have to go out of state in order to conduct training and certification dives for their customers.

Please show your support to the local dive community and write to the Carroll County Commissioners to show them that not only is the Quarry a valued natural resource but it is essential to maintaining our safety, education, and skill.  The Quarry provides unseen revenue to the County by attracting out of area divers to practice.  These divers then go and patronize local restaurants, shops and hotels.

You can contact the Carroll County Commissioners by email: commissioners@ccg.carr.org.  Letting them know that you use the quarry, and that you’ll have to go elsewhere outside of the county is the best way to show your support. Please be courteous! They are not doing this maliciously. Let them know that Scuba Diving is compatible with their testing.

As always we thank you for your continued support. Hopefully diving at the quarry will resume as soon as the testing is complete.

Respectfully,

Laird Brown

Owner, Undersea Outfitters