by Lisa Tome
Despite a broken pond pump Rising Sun's Youth Fishing Derby will likely be held as planned.
Officials from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources have had ongoing communication with the town officials and derby chair Mark Hyman.
According to Brett Coakley from the DNR, the weather hasn't cooperated.
"Overall the pond is filling slower than we had hoped. It's been drier than normal since we made the repair, and we are at the mercy of mother nature to help us refill it," said Coakley in an email.
Fish, which had been allocated through the DNR stocking program to that pond,
were rerouted to other ponds in Cecil County.
"Our second stocking is scheduled for late April. I am fairly confident that the water level will be high enough then to allow us to stock it as scheduled. Given that the annual fishing derby takes place approximately two weeks after, I think the derby should be able to held as scheduled. That said, we are at the mercy of mother nature so I simply cannot give an answer with 100 percent certainty," wrote Coakley.
A drought warning was issued for the central region of Maryland at the end of February.
On March 15, before Fridays rain, the drought warning remained in effect.
After that drought warning was issued, the Town of Elkton distributed water conservation information.