CBF: Test Dredging at Conowingo Can Help, but the Most Cost-Effective Solution Is Upstream

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today following the announcement by Governor Larry Hogan of a demonstration project to dredge 25,000 cubic yards of fill behind the Conowingo Dam

"While dredging could be a part of the solution, results of the Army Corps of Engineers led study indicated that the most cost effective approach to reducing pollution coming across the dam is to implement practices that will reduce pollution upstream.

"The dam is currently seeking a new license. Governor Hogan should require Exelon, which owns and profits from the dam, to contribute a portion of its profits to help reduce pollution coming down the Susquehanna River."

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