(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following the release today of the Lower Susquehanna River Watershed Assessment (LSRWA):
"The study concluded that problems at the Conowingo Dam are not as bad as scientists previously thought. The dam is one of many sources of pollution throughout the Bay's drainage area. To clean up the Bay, we must clean up our local streams, creeks and rivers that feed it.
"The most cost-effective means of cleaning the Bay is reducing pollution at its source—our farms, cities, and in our own yards, to name a few. The report concludes that attempting to dredge the 200 million tons of sediment behind the dam and relocate it safely could waste taxpayer money. The more effective strategy is laid out in the comprehensive, regional Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
"Exelon should be held responsible for its share of the problem. The build up behind the Conowingo Dam is one source of pollution, and the dam's owner should be accountable for reducing that pollution and its impact on the environment.
"The overwhelming majority of pollution entering the Bay from the Susquehanna River comes not from behind the Conowingo Dam but from the 27,000 square-mile watershed upstream. That is why we call on New York, Pennsylvania and all the states to implement the Chesapeake Bay Blueprint. Each state has a clear plan on how to reduce pollution and they must implement them. Local pollution is the major problem for the Bay. Local clean-up efforts are necessary to save it."