A dam so­lu­tion?

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRAD KRO­NER bkro­ner@ches­pub.com

DAR­LING­TON — The Mary­land En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vice will send out re­quests for pro­posal on Aug. 31 to find a pi­lot project to ad­dress the sed­i­ment backup be­hind the Conowingo Dam, Gov. Larry Ho­gan an­nounced Tues­day.

The Susque­hanna River pro­vides nearly half of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay’s fresh­wa­ter, and with that, it car­ries sed­i­ment and pol­lu­tants down­stream from Penn­syl­va­nia and New York. Lo­cated at the end of the Susque­hanna River, the Conowingo Dam traps sed­i­ment, as well as associated pol­lu­tion from ni­tro­gen and phos­pho­rous, that would be flow­ing into the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

“The Conowingo Dam has reached ca­pac­ity and is no longer able to trap pol­lu­tion,” Ho­gan said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the foot of the dam.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SCOTT SERIO

The ca­pac­ity for trapped sed­i­ment be­hind the Conowingo Dam has been ex­hausted, ac­cord­ing to a soon-to-be pub­lished re­port by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.

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