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Sediment plume from main stem of the Bay at the mouth of the South River following torrential rains in June/July 2006. Jane Thomas, Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (,

The links below are to media references relating to issues of concern for the Clean Chesapeake Coalition. Links leave the Coalition website, and viewing some articles may require subscription.


Articles of Note for September 1, 2017


Maryland Wants to Muck Out Exelon Dam to Save Chesapeake Bay

Blommberg BNA


EPA yanks funding for Bay Journal
The (Newport News, Va.) Daily Press


Acid zone in Chesapeake Bay identified
University of Delaware (Newark, Del.)



Articles of Note for August 25, 2017


Pollution Buildup At Conowingo Dam May Harm Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
National Public Radio:  All Things Considered


EPA cuts funding for Chesapeake Bay Journal, threatening publication's future

The Baltimore Sun (Maryland)


Don’t ignore a major threat to the Chesapeake Bay
The Washington (D.C.) Post


This dam has been catching polluted sediment for 82 years, now what?
CBS 9 (Washington, D.C.) WUSA – TV


Maryland to dredge Conowingo dam sediment to see if it helps Chesapeake Bay
York (Pa.) Daily Record


Bay Journal to lose EPA funding

Bay Journal


What’s Happening Upstream – Above the Dam


About half of Lancaster County farmers inspected didn't have required conservation plans
Lancaster (Pa.) Online


Private contractors clean up Chesapeake?/MD. Sec. of Environment on Conowingo Dam dredging
WITF (Harrisburg, Pa.) 89.5 FM

There is a very insightful radio interview here with MDE Secretary Ben Grumbles regarding Conowingo Dam and the Maryland RFP for pilot dredging and sediment testing.


Pennsylvania Contemplates Bottom-Up Bay Plan
Lancaster (Pa.) Farming 


Articles of Note for August 9, 2017


Governor Larry Hogan Holds Second Conowingo Dam Summit


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 Dam, WBAL-TV


Article of Note for May 15, 2017


Lack of shell delays Tred Avon sanctuary work  Kent County News


Articles of Note for May 8, 2017


Chesapeake Bay Program funding preserved in budget deal

Associated Press


A Bay in a Box - How scientific findings could help a computer model keep the Chesap

eake Bay on its pollution dietChesapeake Quarterly, Some notable admissions in this article about the Conowingo factor from officials who colored us crazy a few ago.


Midterm Exams for the Bay Cleanup
Chesapeake Quarterly


What’s Happening Upstream – Above the Dam


Inspectors find most PA farms, while not all in compliance, are trying
Bay Journal


Chesapeake Bay cleanup should concern all Pennsylvanians
The (State College, Pa.) Centre Daily Times


Articles of Note for March 18, 2017


Oyster sanctuary bill finds support in House of Delegates

Capital Gazette


Articles of Note for March 11, 2016


Curtis Bay plant faulted for releasing 12 times more nitrogen into bay than permitted

Baltimore Sun


Waterkeepers, Riverkeepers sue EPA
The (Easton, Md.) Star Democrat


New Investment Model for Green Infrastructure to Help Protect Chesapeake Bay
The Nature Conservancy


What’s Happening Upstream – Above the Dam


Wrinkles Surfacing in Chesapeake Reboot Plan
Lancaster (Pa.) Farming


Articles of Note for March 5, 2016


More than 12 million gallons of sewage flowed into Jones Falls amid Wednesday storms, city reveals , Baltimore Sun


This was an intentional release, and just a day before some 200,000 gallons of Baltimore City wastewater was released unintentionally.  Conventional wisdom and experience suggests that the actual amount of raw sewage and contaminated water discharged into Bay tributaries was likely even larger. 


Where is the outrage among environmental NGOs, riverkeepers and CBF? Where is the leadership in Annapolis to admit and take head on the largest ongoing (not speculative or in need of further study) threats to Bay water quality in Maryland?


Nearly 1 million gallons of raw sewage spills into Maryland creek


What’s Happening Upstream – Above the Dam

The Chesapeake Bay Reboot Plan: The Real Cost
Business Wire


A 2013 Penn State University (PSU) study about the capital costs for Pennsylvania to implement nonpoint source BMPs per their WIP put the estimate at $3.6 billion and when 15 years of O&M costs are included the estimate increases to $5.6 billion.  In 2014 the U.S. EPA published a study saying the modeled BMPs in the PSU study were seriously flawed and required an “uncertainty factor” adjust for the modeling errors.  In doing so, the estimated costs to PA taxpayers increases from the $5.6 billion PSU estimate to maybe $16 billion.  No wonder why all the foot dragging in PA…


Pennsylvania's "reboot" of Bay cleanup plan faces criticism
WITF (Harrisburg, Pa.)


Articles of Note for March 1, 2016


U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to Chesapeake Bay cleanup


HIGH COURT WON'T HEAR POLLUTION DIET CASE:  The Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a case from the American Farm Bureau Federation alleging the Environmental Protection Agency overreached its power by establishing a pollution diet for the Chesapeake Bay, reports Christina Jedra for the Annapolis CapitalThat decision lets stand a ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that the formation of a Total Maximum Daily Load is legal, officials said.


Articles of Note for February 29, 2016


Federal agencies outline progress toward restoring Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay Program


Announcing the latest report by “The Federal leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay” on Chesapeake Bay restoration progress since the inception of Presidential Executive Order 13508 in May 2009 and the execution of the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay by various federal agencies and watershed jurisdictions.  Review the 2015 EO Progress Report.


Poultry, the environment and Delmarva
The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times


Counties attack EPA’s TMDL regulation
Farm Futures 


Referring to counties in Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia in the case of AFB v. EPA re the Bay TMDL.


Chesapeake Bay Pollution Plan Pits Farmers Against Fishermen 


Articles of Note for February 26, 2016


200,000 gallons of wastewater flowed into bay during Wednesday's storms

February 25, 2016, Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun


Articles of Note for February 12, 2016


Groups not downplaying impact of Conowingo

February 11, 2016, Letters, The Carroll County (Md.) Times


Shell project gets mixed reviews at hearing

February 8, 2016, Victoria Wingate, Dorchester Star (Cambridge, Md.)


Articles of Note for February 5, 2016


Conowingo Dam and Chesapeake pollution

January 29, 2016, Dan Hippe, Baltimore Sun


So according to the Deputy Director of USGS, Northeast Region, they stand behind USGS Circular 1406 – which he refers to as “an accurate, useful summation of the state of the science about nutrients from Eastern Shore waterways….”  We’ll see who has the last word on the veracity and scientific value of USGS Circular 1406, as the Coalition’s complaint and request for a scientific integrity investigation is still pending.


Report: Maryland must diversify pollution reduction efforts

February 5, 2016, Christina Jedra, The (Annapolis, Md.) Capital Gazette


Maryland court revives water pollution lawsuit against state

February 1, 2016, Rona Kobell, Bay Journal


What’s Happening Above The Dam? Update for February 5, 2016


Feds restore $3 million to Pennsylvania for Chesapeake Bay cleanup

February 3, 106, Ad Crable, Lancaster (Pa.) Online 


A glaring example of how the Bay TMDL and implementation of state WIPs are not subject to serious enforcement by EPA.  The Commonwealth’s new “tougher strategy” and “reboot” to keep nutrients from running into the Susquehanna River convinces EPA to restore $3M in funding that it has only threatened to hold back a couple months ago.


“In a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection, EPA regional administrator Shawn Garvin wrote, “EPA appreciates Pennsylvania’s commitment to get back on-track with nutrient reduction measures necessary to achieve the Chesapeake Bay goals…”


“The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a private group that advocates for cleanup of the bay, applauded the restored funding and said Pennsylvania’s new plan includes ‘the framework for success.’”


Op-Ed:  Most experts aren’t, on cleaning up the Bay

January 7, 2016, Richard Rothschild, The Kent Guardian


Rural pollution is becoming an urban issue

January 4, 2016, Rona Kobell, Bay Journal



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