A dam solution?
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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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.