(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Lisa Feldt, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration, issued the following statement in response to the high flows at Conowingo Dam:
"Without a doubt, scouring behind the Conowingo Dam will impact the health of the Bay, but that's just one part of the story. Look closely at the satellite imagery. Sediment-laden water, as well as a majority of pollution that comes with it, starts much farther upstream.
"The very presence of the dam alters the form and timing of river water and pollution reaching the Chesapeake Bay, which is why we are thankful that Governor Hogan and the Maryland Department of the Environment want to hold Exelon accountable for a large part of the pollution from the Conowingo Dam.
"The Bay is not yet saved. Exelon needs to be held accountable for its share of the pollution, and so does Pennsylvania."
Satellite image credit NASA
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