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

Tier Map, Conowingo Dam Among Top 10 Cecil County Issues for 2017

In light of the election of new Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy, a Cecil Whig article (2017-01-04) identified 10 key County issues worth watching in 2017. Among the issues identified was the review of the County’s septic tier map and the submission of proposals to address nutrient and sediment pollution from the Conowingo Dam. From the article: Tier map revisions? Just … Continue reading Tier Map, Conowingo Dam Among Top 10 Cecil County Issues for 2017

Who Should Be Responsible For the Conowingo Dam’s Pollutant Loads?

A Bay Journal article  (2016-12-08) examined the challenging question of addressing the Conowingo Dam as part of the Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. As previously reported on Conduit Street, research has shown that the Dam’s reservoir is full and no longer trapping sediment or nutrients as it has for decades. Instead, the Dam has reached a … Continue reading Who Should Be Responsible For the Conowingo Dam’s Pollutant Loads?

Carroll County Times Editorial Supports Governor Hogan’s Conowingo Dam Initiative

A Carroll County Times editorial (2016-07-12), viewed the announcement by Governor Larry Hogan on the Conowingo Dam as a positive action, but also expressed caution against abandoning other water pollution reduction efforts. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Hogan announced the formation of a Conowingo Dam work group that would solicit private sector ideas on addressing the nutrient and sediment … Continue reading Carroll County Times Editorial Supports Governor Hogan’s Conowingo Dam Initiative

Report: Conowingo Dam More Serious Threat to Bay Health Than Previously Thought

A Bay Journal article (2016-03-11) announced the findings of the multi-year Lower Susquehanna River Watershed Assessment study, which concluded that the Conowingo Dam no longer has the ability to trap nutrients and sediment from the Susquehanna River. This threatens the efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and may require additional pollutant offsets by Bay watershed states if … Continue reading Report: Conowingo Dam More Serious Threat to Bay Health Than Previously Thought

Carroll County Commissioner Rothschild: “Conowingo Dam is the 600-pound gorilla in the room”

A Carroll County Times article (2016-01-12) reported that Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild focused his State of the County comments on sediment and water pollution caused by the Conowingo Dam. Rothschild alleged that the dam may be causing pollution attributed to farmers and that the federal government and others are downplaying the potential role of the dam as … Continue reading Carroll County Commissioner Rothschild: “Conowingo Dam is the 600-pound gorilla in the room”