Tag: Conowingo Dam

State Roundup, February 14, 2020

Prosecutors recommend nearly five years of jail in bombshell memorandum; includes Pugh’s business ties to city comptroller; GOP lawmakers offer education proposals; spousal rape defense debated; opinion piece on judicial elections; environmental groups oppose Conowingo Dam deal; lifetime supervision for sex offenders proposed; medical marijuana ban in jails discussed for third time; deadly assault spurs hate crime bill; more mental health training for police proposed; Frederick priorities for transportation set for U.S. 15; bill proposes parental consent for birth control after teen gets implant at school; Allegany debates if slots money should go to scholarships or emergency services

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Environmentalists, Shore officials oppose Conowingo settlement

Environmental groups and some rural Maryland officials are calling on federal regulators to reject the deal that the state has reached with the owner of the Conowingo Dam to address the harm the hydropower facility has caused to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. Spurred by that opposition, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is making a bid to block the agreement through legislation.

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Conowingo dam dirt continuing problem for the bay

A 14-mile reservoir behind the Conowingo hydroelectric generating dam in northern Maryland stops two million pounds of sediment every year from flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. But another one million pounds get through, burying underwater grasses that support sea life and adding to the bay’s myriad pollution problems.
The reservoir that stores the sediment is expected to reach capacity within 20 years, after which all of the sediment will get through the dam, putting the bay’s health further at risk. The dam’s owner, the state and environmental groups are seeking solutions to the problem.

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