February 24, 2023
This month, we explore the roots of regenerative agriculture, how winter is unfolding on CBF’s own regenerative farm (and why we have one), and what the future of agriculture in the watershed could look like.
February 16, 2023
The new Conowingo Dam license process can be transformative for the Bay, but only if Maryland officials can work through the challenges of dealing with the dam’s private operator, the utility Constellation Energy.
Court of Appeals Vacates Maryland’s Conowingo Dam License, Offering New Chance for Chesapeake Bay Protections
December 20, 2022
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., vacated the license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for Conowingo Dam.
January 31, 2022
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) supports EPA’s decision that the agency has “no confidence” in the current plan to offset pollution from the Conowingo Dam. While the subject has been discussed for the last several years, to date the Bay jurisdictions have failed to develop a plan that would pay for those offsets.
September 2, 2021
CBF's Director of Science and Agricultural Policy Beth McGee tells us what we need to know.
May 6, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Director of Science and Agricultural Policy, Beth McGee, issued this statement following the release of EPA’s comments on how the additional pollution to the Chesapeake Bay from the lost trapping capacity at Conowingo Dam should be addressed.
March 18, 2021
Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the relicensing of the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project, effectively ratifying Maryland’s settlement offer with Exelon to enable the utility to continue operating Conowingo Dam. The settlement fails to adequately address water pollution issues associated with the dam’s operations.
July 9, 2020
A news roundup of some of the big issues we’re watching this year.
CBF Statement on Opposing Conowingo Dam Settlement Offer in Comments Filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
January 17, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject Maryland’s Conowingo Dam settlement offer with Exelon.
December 23, 2019
In October, the state of Maryland announced it had reached a settlement agreement with Exelon. The agreement has significant shortcomings.
October 30, 2019
Climate change might be a global problem, but we are feeling the impacts here at home.
October 29, 2019
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is concerned that the settlement agreement announced today between Exelon and the Maryland Department of the Environment falls short of mitigating the negative water quality impacts associated with operating Conowingo Dam.
August 9, 2018
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit that may determine whether Exelon Corporation, the owner of the Conowingo Dam, must contribute to clean up pollution problems related to the dam.
August 6, 2018
There is no doubt that the Bay was an ugly sight last week. It was a stark reminder of the damage that is caused by heavy rains.
August 3, 2018
The health of our local waterways and the Bay is often hidden below the surface. But other times, water quality is in plain sight.
May 4, 2018
It's not often you can see water pollution from space. But a well-known image following Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 has a long, complicated story to tell.
CBF Applauds Hogan Administration for Holding Exelon Accountable for Its Share of Conowingo Clean-Up
April 27, 2018
(ANNAPOLIS,MD)—Alison Prost, Acting Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement following Maryland’s issuance today of a Water Quality Certification to Exelon Generation Company LLC to operate the Conowingo Dam for the next 50 years.
December 21, 2017
The Conowingo Dam 20 miles north of the mouth of the Susquehanna River has been the focus of scientific scrutiny and concern since the 1990s, and public worry for the past five years.
New Study Finds Exelon Able to Make Significant Contributions to Mitigate Environmental Impacts of Conowingo Dam While Remaining Profitable
December 5, 2017
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—A new study commissioned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and The Nature Conservancy shows Exelon Generation Company can mitigate a substantial portion of environmental impacts caused by its Conowingo Dam operation, while continuing to make a healthy profit.
August 11, 2017
We’ve said it before, but complex problems require complex solutions.
August 8, 2017
(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.
August 20, 2013
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today filed to intervene in the administrative proceedings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the re-licensing of the hydropower facility at Conowingo Dam owned by Exelon Corporation. CBF will be advocating as the regional watchdog for the Chesapeake Bay to pursue a comprehensive solution to the water quality and habitat impacts of the dam.