The relicensing process by FERC of the Conowingo Dam is presently underway. The relicensing has been assigned Docket Entry No.: P-405-106. The Coalition urges you to monitor and to become involved in the relicensing process.
#1. GET INVOLVED/FOLLOW THE DOCKET ENTRIES:
Click here to follow the FERC relicensing process by viewing the FERC Conowingo Dam docket entry database. See the latest filings, notices, and orders issued in regards to the relicensing. Use the image below for instruction on how to search for the FERC Conowingo Dam relicensing docket.
#2. PROVIDE COMMENT
The Coalition urges you to voice your concerns about the effect of the Conowingo Dam on the Bay by directly commenting on the relicensing to FERC. The instructions on how to participate follows. Please feel free to use or modify the following language which the Coalition has prepared for your consideration. You may copy and paste this language into the FERC eComment text box (click here for information on how to submit an eComment to FERC and click here to submit the prepared language as an eComment):
This comment will voice my serious concern regarding the relicensing of Exelon’s Conowingo Hydroelectric project (P-405). Although this project provides clean renewable energy, the reservoir behind the dam has evolved into a significant source of sediment and nutrients that has had, and will continue to have, an extremely negative impact upon the environmental quality of the Lower Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. The Susquehanna River is the largest freshwater source entering the Chesapeake Bay, and the sediments and nutrients originating from the Conowingo Reservoir have devastated submerged aquatic vegetation and oysters, and seriously impacted the water quality and ecosystem of Maryland’s treasure, the Chesapeake Bay.
I am requesting that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission establish conditions on the relicense that will safeguard Maryland waters from the sediment and nutrient loading threat posed by the Conowingo reservoir. Such conditions should include, but not be limited to, the dredging and removal of the sediments for purposes of regaining trapping capacity. The remedial efforts previously discussed will not adequately remove the sediments; for instance, allowing sediments to be released periodically in to the Bay will only serve to aggravate the sediment level that currently threatens and actually harms the aquatic ecosystem in Maryland’s waters.
The imposition of environmental cleanup conditions as part of the relicensing of the Conowingo Dam is instrumental to the restoration of the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Please take note of my significant and sincere concerns. Please study, and then impose appropriate environmental conditions upon Exelon that will help us to protect our Bay.
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Although the Coalition has already intervened in the relicensing proceedings, you, as an individual, also have the option to intervene in the FERC relicensing proceedings. Intervenors become participants and have the right to request a rehearing of a FERC order and seek relief in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal.
FERC.gov provides insight on Frequently Asked Questions in regards to intervention.
Click here to read how the Coalition has become involved with the FERC relicensing of the Conowingo. Also, read media coverage below of the Coalition's involvement:
June 25, 2013, Dan Menefee, Chestertown Spy
July 1, 2013, Matthew Bieniek, Cumberland Times-News
July 2, 2013, Josh Bollinger, The Star Democrat