Conowingo Dam: "Missing Link" in Cleaning Up the Bay

Oct 28, 2014

Conowingo Dam
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There’s a new study that finds if the pollution from the Conowingo Dam were removed the health of the Chesapeake Bay would be improved by more than any other policy.

The nonpartisan Maryland Public Policy Institute found that removing all of the 172 million tons of sediment pollution behind the dam would come at a fraction of the cost of other Bay cleanup efforts.

The Institute says the dredging would run $4.2 million while the state plans on spending over $14 million on cleanup efforts.

Christopher Summers, president of the Institute, called the Conowingo Dam the missing link in restoration of the Bay.

The Institute attributes pollution from the Dam to the periodic storms that hit the region.