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12:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Dredging Conowingo Dam: Ineffective

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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.

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8:26 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Conowingo Dam Not Major Threat to Bay Health, Study Says

Conowingo Dam
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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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11:22 am
Tue September 23, 2014

$9 Million in Grants for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

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ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials are heading to Ashland to announce nearly $9 million in grants from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.

The funding being announced Tuesday for Virginia, West Virginia and other states within the bay's estuary are intended to reduce polluted nutrient and sediment runoff into the bay. The District of Columbia is also within the bay's watershed.

The grants will be announced by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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10:07 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Maryland Seeking Proposals to Restore Streams

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State officials say they are seeking proposals for Maryland's Stream Restoration Challenge.

The program started last summer seeks to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers by 2015. The buffers help keep stormwater runoff and sediment from entering waterways and eventually the Chesapeake Bay, where they can cause oxygen-robbing algae blooms and harm plant life and other bay species.

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8:42 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Sediment from Conowingo Dam, Drag on Bay Cleanup


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.

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