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August 10, 2017

Greetings All:


Governor Hogan’s 2nd Conowingo Dam Summit – Reprioritizing the Bay Cleanup Agenda


It was another watershed moment on the Chesapeake Bay restoration continuum when Governor Larry Hogan and his Bay Cabinet hosted the 2nd Conowingo Dam Summit this week on August 8th in Darlington (Harford County), followed by a press conference at Fishermen’s Park (at the foot of Conowingo Dam), where the Governor announced plans for the State’s issuance of a Request for Proposals for a pilot program to dredge and test a small quantity of accumulated sediments from the Conowingo reservoir.  The RFP is expected to be issued by the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) by the end of August 2017 and will help to inform potential innovative and beneficial reuses of the sediment, the degree of contamination in the accumulated sediments and the feasibility of larger scale dredging and sediment management as a means to reduce pollution loading to the Bay.


For photos of the Conowingo Dam Summit, Tour and Press Conference click HERE, and see attached.


Common ground on Conowingo and beyond

By Gov. Larry Hogan (Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun)


Exelon WQC Application to MDE – Public Comment Period Extended


The deadline for written public comments on Exelon’s water quality certification (WQC) application to MDE for Conowingo Dam relicensing  was extended to August 23, 2017 (an announcement made by MDE Secretary Grumbles during the Conowingo Dam Summit).  The Coalition’s comments are a work in progress, and will be filed early next week.


Next Coalition Meeting – Thursday, August 17 at MACo Conference


We are scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 17, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, in Room 208 at the Ocean City Convention Center.  Our featured guests will be senior management officials from MDE.  Here is the conference program blurb for our meeting:   


The Clean Chesapeake Coalition (CCC) will be meeting for the latest update on Maryland’s water quality certification review for Conowingo Dam relicensing and the pending recalibration of the Bay TMDL.  Learn how these two major decisions are intertwined and will impact the future of Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.  The CCC mission is to raise awareness and pursue improvement to the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay in the most prudent and fiscally responsible manner possible – through research, coordination and advocacy.


Articles & Media of Note


MD’s Hogan looking for Conowingo remedies
Bay Journal Blog – published BEFORE the Governor’s 2nd Conowingo Summit


Pilot project planned to dredge Conowingo sediments

Bay Journal Blog – published AFTER the Governor’s 2nd Conowingo Summit


Hogan launches pilot program to dredge Conowingo dam

Washington Post


Governor Says Dredging Near Conowingo Dam Could Help Chesapeake Bay

WJZ TV13 CBS Baltimore


MD Governor Announces Pilot Project To Dredge Behind Conowingo Dam To Help Chesapeake Bay
PA Environment Digest


Hogan plans test dredging of sediment at Conowingo Dam

The Baltimore Sun


What’s Happening Upstream – Above the Dam


Lessons from Past, Tools for Future Focus of Meeting on Phase 3 of Pennsylvania’s Plan

to Clean Up Local Waters in Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


New Bay Plan in Works
Lancaster (Pa.) Farming

August 8, 2017:  With Conowingo Dam in the background, DFA Chairman Capt. Rob Newberry with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan at press conference following the Governor’s 2nd Conowingo Dam Summit.



August 9, 2017


Governor Larry Hogan Holds Second Conowingo Dam Summit Maryland.gov


Hogan plans test dredging of sediment at Conowingo Dam The Baltimore Sun


Governor Says Dredging Near Conowingo Dam Could Help Chesapeake Bay  WJZ-TV


​Piles of sediment trapped behind Conowingo DamWBAL-TV

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