Coalition Videos

Video: This video by Chip MacLeod was taken at the foot of Conowingo Dam on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at approximately 3:30 pm – when the Susquehanna River flow was 109,000 cfs and a reported 2 spill gates were open.

Video:"Conowingo Lost and Found"  published on April 26, 2016 by Maryland Public Television, on You Tube.  After 85 years, a rare historical film documenting Conowingo Dam's construction is rediscovered.

Video of Carroll County Commissioner Meeting on January 12, 2016, Commissioner Rothschild Presentation, including discussion of misrepresentations by Federal Agencies related Chesapeake Bay cleanup and Conowingo Dam.

Video of Calvert County Board of Commissioners Meeting on July 21, 2015, Clean Chesapeake Coalition Presentation

Video of Wicomico County Council Meeting on June 22, 2015, Clean Chesapeake Coalition Presentation. 

Video of Carroll County Commissioners Meeting on May 21, 2015. Presentation re CCC starts at the12:00 mark.

Commissioner Rothschild presentation in support of Carroll County’s participation in the Clean Chesapeake Coalition
May 21, 2015.
Microsoft Power Point presentation [3.0 MB]

Clean Chesapeake Coalition Presentation to Queen Anne's County Commissioners, February 10, 2015.


Video of Queen Anne's County Commissioners Meeting on February 10, 2015. Clean Chesapeake Coalition Presentation starts at 118:48.

Collateral Damage: A Family Farm Under Attack


Published September 19, 2014, the following is a short documentary on a recent (2010) federal legal challenge brought by environmental groups against a Maryland farming family regarding poultry manure and their alleged unlawful handling of such matter and its resulting negative impacts on the Chesapeake Bay.

The Conowingo: Bay Coalition Responds to Susquehanna River Findings


September 8, 2014 - (by Dave Wheelan, Chestertown Spy)

Those thinking the Conowingo Dam and associated Lower Susquehanna River sediment issues would be lost during the fall election season are starting to second guess themselves. With gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan making political waves with demands for dredging the dam at the same time that a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers preliminary assessment indicates that dredging would have little impact on the Chesapeake Bay in the event of a catastrophic storm, things are heating up. And adding fuel to that fire is a new op-ed piece by conservationists in the New York Times this week advocating that the dam (a major source of electric power for the region) be removed entirely to improve fish migration. Given the renewed interest in Conowingo debate, the Spy sought out the response of the Clean Chesapeake Coalition, representing the interests of ten county governments in Maryland, that is pushing for mediation with the dam’s upstream sediment problems before counties begin spending on high cost conservation programs as part of the State’s overall Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). in his interview with the Spy, Chip MacLeod, the Clean Chesapeake Coalition’s general counsel, discusses in detail his organization’s response to the Corp of Engineers assessment, the importance of focusing on the Lower Susquehanna River as the top priority of any long term solution for protecting the Bay.  Click here to see the video and read the full article.

Sediment increase growing concern at Conowingo Dam


August 29, 2014 - (by Trang Do, ABC2 News)

The Conowingo Hydroelectric Dam in the lower Susquehanna River provides more than half of Maryland's clean, renewable energy. But now concerns are turning to a dirty side effect of the dam, a build-up of sediment from upriver since the dam's completion 86 years ago. "It's gotten to the point where some people say it's full," said Col. Trey Jordan, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District. There's an estimated 180 million tons of sediment behind the Conowingo Dam. To put that in perspective, that's enough to fill 80 M&T Bank Stadiums. "During storm events and things, this huge amount of sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus is all released," said Ron Fithian, Kent County Commission president and chairman of the Clean Chesapeake Coalition "Comes roaring down the Chesapeake Bay with a vengeance and destroys any chance for the Chesapeake Bay to survive."  Click here to see the video and read the full article.

Study of Conowingo Provides Groundbreaking findings on Sediment Impact


August 27, 2014 - (by Dave Wheelan, Talbot Spy) "In his Spy interview, Col. Jordan outlines the purpose and process of this multi-layered, scientifically driven, study on the water system, and offers some surprising conclusions about sediment and nutrient activity during major storms. He also highlights his team’s most remarkable finding that only 20% of the sediment that flows into the Bay when bad weather hits actually comes from the Conowingo section of the Lower Susquehanna.  For the rest of the 80%, the report suggests one needs to look North."  Click here to see the video.

Clean Chesapeake Coalition - Conowingo Video


August 14, 2014 - A Clean Chesapeake Coalition piece released August 14, 2014 that is dedicated to raising awareness of the Conowingo Dam and FERC's September 2014 relicensing efforts.  Click here to see the video.

Commissioner Rothschild interview discussing Maryland's Bay cleanup strategy


Richard Rothschild, Vice President, Carroll County Board of Commissioners interview with Comcast Newsmakers' host Yolanda Vazquez re Maryland's Bay cleanup strategy and the mission of the Clean Chesapeake Coalition. 


Other Videos

Sediments in the Bay


"Essence of the Edge: Chesapeake From the Bottom Up," Outdoors Maryland. Maryland Public Television. (Begin watching from 18:56 to see this segment of the program.)



Powerful video images of the Susquehanna River rushing through the open flood gates of the Conowingo Dam following Tropical Storm Lee in September, 2011:


Recording of the Cecil County Council discussion on April 9, 2013 with U.S. Representative Andy Harris, M.D. on the issues involved with the Conowingo Dam.

  • Part I
    • Watch starting from minute 17 onward for the Conowingo Dam discussion
  • Part II


Statements on the impact of Hurricane Agnes (1972) on the Conowingo Dam by a former Dam employee:

Hurricane Agnes Discussion



Conowingo Dam: Exelon Corporation Responds on Relicensing

July 8, 2013, Dan Menefee, The Chestertown Spy


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