Conowingo Dam

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There’s legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that would urge Congress to do something about the state of the Conowingo Dam.

The dam is blamed for sediment flowing into the bay which contains harmful nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen when the dam floods.

The Maryland Senate resolution wants the Congress to get the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study on the state of pollution at the dam.

Last November a $1.4 million study found that cutting pollution into the bay would fall mostly only the shoulders of agricultural communities.

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - State and federal agencies are holding a public meeting to discuss their conclusion that dredging the reservoir behind the Conowingo Dam wouldn't effectively reduce pollution of the lower Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.

The meeting Tuesday night in Bel Air offers an opportunity for people to sound off on an issue that Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has highlighted.

A new report says that the Conowingo Dam is not a major threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

The $1.4 million multiagency study looked at the movement of sediment and materials such as phosphorus that damages the bay.

The agencies involved ranged from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey to state agencies like the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources.

The full report is to be released later today.

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CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) - Officials say concerns about the sediment-filtering capacity of a dam on the lower Susquehanna River in northeast Maryland must be addressed in the broader context of trying to improve water quality efforts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Construction of the Conowingo Dam in the late 1920s created a detainment area for some of the sediments and nutrients flowing down the Susquehanna toward the bay.

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CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is holding a hearing regarding environmental challenges involving the Conowingo Dam in northeast Maryland.

Construction of the dam in the late 1920s created a detainment area for some of the sediments and nutrients flowing down the Susquehanna River toward the Chesapeake Bay.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has filed to intervene in the relicensing of the hydropower facility at the Conowingo Dam.

The foundation said Tuesday that it will urge a solution to the effects the dam has on water quality and habitat.

The Conowingo Project on the Susquehanna River is owned by Exelon Corp. The license for the project expires in September 2014.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses the dam.

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The end of June saw big votes on Capitol Hill and big decisions by the United States Supreme  Court. Delmarva Public Radio's Don  Rush caught up with Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris (R-First District)  on his reaction to these events.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - The Clean Chesapeake Coalition hopes the Conowingo Dam's relicensing process will create an opportunity to address concerns about the dam's role in Chesapeake Bay pollution.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that lawyers for the coalition have filed to intervene in the federal relicensing process, seeking to add conditions to help protect the bay. The coalition of seven Maryland counties is pursuing bay water quality improvements in a fiscally responsible manner.

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DARLINGTON, Md. (AP) - It's fish lift time at Harford County's Conowingo Dam.

WJZ-TV reports spring means it's time for fish to migrate upstream to spawn. But the Conowingo Dam is a massive roadblock. That's why the dam's fish lift was built in 1991. It helps fish get up and over the dam.

Water released from the top of the dam creates an artificial current that lures fish into a narrow channel. They're then lifted over the dam in what is essentially an elevator for fish.

One particular fish is the target of all the effort: The American Shad.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state lawmaker has been named chairman of the Tri-State Chesapeake Bay Commission.

Democratic Delegate Maggie McIntosh will oversee the policy and legislative efforts of the 21-member commission for 2013. The commission includes lawmakers from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia as well as natural resource officials and private citizens. Her appointment was announced Friday.

Sediment from the Conowingo Dam is threatening the efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Bruce Michael with the Department of Natural Resources said that Exelon must take into account the flow of as part of the relicensing of its hydro-electric power plant.

Exelon’s license expires in September 2014 and Michael said that the sediments behind the dam have been identified as the highest priority issue for relisencing.

A new study by the Chesapeake Bay Program found that sediment from the dam was increasing.