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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Governor Says Dredging Near Conowingo Dam Could Help Chesapeake Bay


DARLINGTON, Md. (WJZ) — Recent signs the Chesapeake Bay is getting healthier also comes with signs a major threat of pollution sits right behind the Conowingo Dam.

Alex DeMetrick reports, the decades-old dam turns water into electricity, but that benefit also comes with a risk.

More than water is now spilling over the lip of the dam. Behind it, decades of sediment has been piling up.

Soil washed off land in New York and Pennsylvania once blocked, is now able to spill over.

“Conowingo Dam reservoir has reached capacity and is no longer able to trap sediment,” says Governor Larry Hogan.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Goodie, let's start this argument again. We just had it a couple of years ago.

Anonymous said...

Governor states the obvious, everybody nods in agreement except everyone in the entire state of Pennsylvania.

Anonymous said...

Use the dredged material to build up the shorelines of Smith Island

Anonymous said...

If Penn and NY don't pay for this project then it doesn't get done MD tax payers and MD farmers have more than paid their share for the Bay cleanup from these states. Md should not be held responsible

Anonymous said...

The Damn and municipalities spewing their sewage are the reason for the bays decline. Maybe now, there will be some accountability where it is due.

Anonymous said...

1:19 welcome to the American ideology; "Someone else's problem now"

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm sure it will be done cheap. NOT!

Anonymous said...


1:03 has a win-win suggestion.

Anonymous said...

1:03's proposal is that we take the contaminated spoils at the base of the dam and haul it to Smith Island?

Anonymous said...

Pump it back into PA. It's all their trash anyway.

Anonymous said...

Let's do a test dump in 1:03's front yard and see how that works out for them.

Anonymous said...


3:20 the collected sediment behind the dam would be composed of a lot of different substances, some more wonderful than others. Probably similar to dredged material that is used to restore in other spots.

Sounds like taking from one spot that is filled up and adding to another that is washing away might benefit both locations.