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8:59 am
Tue May 6, 2014

MD Senator Ties Conowingo Dam to Bay Restoration

Conowingo Dam
Credit Exelon Corp website

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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9:59 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Swimmable Water Weekend

Credit swimguide.org

The Maryland river keepers are out testing the waters so that people across the state can jump in for Swimmable Water Weekend.

It’s a global event to raise awareness of water quality and impact of pollution.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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12:24 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

The Dead Zone in Chesapeake Bay Is Down

Chesapeake Bay 123rf.com

BALTIMORE (AP) - The size of the Chesapeake Bay's low oxygen "dead zone" is down and dry weather is getting the credit.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says testing last week found nearly 12 percent of the bay had poor oxygen levels, nearly half of the long-term average for this time of year. The dead zone dropped from about 30 percent of the bay in July, which typically is when the zone peaks each year.