The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has filed its formal motion to intervene in the federal relicensing of the Conowingo Dam. The proceedings by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission govern the operations of the hydroeletcric facility, whose permit is due to soon expire. Many stakeholders have connected the continued operation of the dam with concerns about sediment and other water quality effects.
From the CBF announcement:
Since 1986, CBF has helped reduce pollution coming down the Susquehanna and reaching the dam, but more needs to be done. In the late 1980s CBF also was involved in the previous relicensing of the dam, and filed comments in support of actions to improve the ability of migratory fish to pass by the dam and access historic upstream habitat. More recently, CBF also is participating on a committee to help find a solution to sediment build-up at the Conowingo.
This intervention will ensure CBF continues to be heard when FERC negotiates and sets the conditions for Exelon’s new license. The owner, as well as the states of Pennsylvania and Maryland, must meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act to ensure the Bay and local waters are protected.
See previous Conduit Street coverage:
Q&A On the Conowingo Dam
Conservation Groups Intervene in Conowingo Dam Relicensing
Clean Chesapeake Coalition Files to Intervene
Chesapeake Bay Commission Urges Conowingo Action
MACo 2013 Initiatives