Environmental Groups Appeal Maryland’s Conowingo Dam Certification

A joint press release (2018-06-12) issued by Waterkeepers Chesapeake, the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, and Earthjustice announced that several of the environmental groups have filed an administrative appeal challenging the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE’s) recent decision to grant Exelon a Water Quality Certification for the relicensing of the Conowingo Dam with special conditions … Continue reading Environmental Groups Appeal Maryland’s Conowingo Dam Certification

Maryland Certification Requires Exelon to Address Conowingo Dam’s Water Pollution

A Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) press release (2018-04-27) announced the release of the state’s Water Quality Certification for the relicensing of the Conowingo with special conditions that includes requiring Exelon Generation Company LLC, the dam’s owner, to address the nutrient and sediment pollution generated by the dam and its reservoir. The certification also … Continue reading Maryland Certification Requires Exelon to Address Conowingo Dam’s Water Pollution

Conowingo Dam to Get Separate Nutrient Targets But Who Pays Remains Up in the Air

A Maryland Reporter article (2018-04-12) reported that the Conowingo Dam will be getting its own nutrient reduction targets under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The Dam and its reservoir on the Susquehanna River has reached its capacity to trap nutrients and sediment and during major storm events can release … Continue reading Conowingo Dam to Get Separate Nutrient Targets But Who Pays Remains Up in the Air

Climate Change, Growth & Conowingo Dam Challenge 2025 Bay Restoration Goals

A Bay Journal article (2018-01-24) explored the three biggest challenges facing Maryland in meeting the 2025 nutrient and sediment reduction goals under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load: (1) growth; (2) climate change; and (3) the Conowingo Dam. A draft number representing the combined nitrogen generated by these three factors could offset much of the existing … Continue reading Climate Change, Growth & Conowingo Dam Challenge 2025 Bay Restoration Goals

Environmental Groups Argue Exelon Can Help Address Conowingo Dam & Still Be Profitable

A Bay Journal article (2017-12-05) reported that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and The Nature Conservancy released a study on the role Exelon should play in addressing the water pollution issued caused by the Conowingo Dam. The study, conducted by Energy+Environmental Economics and the Water and Power Law Group, found that the dam generates between $27 million … Continue reading Environmental Groups Argue Exelon Can Help Address Conowingo Dam & Still Be Profitable

Hogan Seeks Bids For Conowingo Dam Test Dredging

A Baltimore Sun article (2017-08-08) reported that Maryland Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan announced plans for a dredging test project for the Conowingo Dam and has requested bids from private companies. The test project is expected to be completed this winter and would determine whether further dredging would be cost effective. The article said that Maryland … Continue reading Hogan Seeks Bids For Conowingo Dam Test Dredging

Hogan Hosting Second Conowingo Dam Summit

A Bay Journal article (2017-08-08) discussed Maryland Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan’s second Conowingo Dam summit, which is set to convene on August 8 in Darlington, MD. According to the article, the summit is by invitation only and will be closed to the press, although Hogan plans to hold a press conference after the conclusion of the … Continue reading Hogan Hosting Second Conowingo Dam Summit

Hogan Reviewing Conowingo Dam Proposals, Plans to Call For Summit

A Baltimore Sun article (2017-07-16) reported that in light of research questioning whether the Conowingo Dam is trapping any nutrients or sediment flowing into the Chesapeake Bay through the Susquehanna River, Maryland Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan has redoubled his search for a private contractor to address the problem and will convene a summit to discuss next steps. … Continue reading Hogan Reviewing Conowingo Dam Proposals, Plans to Call For Summit

Conowingo Dam and Upstream Pollution Loom Large in Bay Efforts

A lengthy Washington Post article detailed the complex and ongoing concerns with the Conowingo Dam, and the Susquehanna River upstream from it, as major elements in ongoing efforts to remedy Chesapeake Bay water quality concerns. From the Post article, a focus on the dam’s capacity to trap sediment and nutrients coming from the river flow: … Continue reading Conowingo Dam and Upstream Pollution Loom Large in Bay Efforts

CBC Releases 2016 Annual Report – Program Open Space, Conowingo Dam Among Key Issues

The Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC) released its annul report for 2016. The report offered a short appraisal of the CBC’s work on Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts in each member state, an assessment on overall Bay restoration progress, and a critique of ongoing challenges. Program Open Space (POS) was highlighted as a key issue in Maryland while the Susquehanna River/Conowingo Dam … Continue reading CBC Releases 2016 Annual Report – Program Open Space, Conowingo Dam Among Key Issues