Opinion: Exelon’s Claims About Conowingo Dam Don’t Add Up

Opinion: Exelon’s Claims About Conowingo Dam Don’t Add Up , Maryland Matters, Jeff Horstman, June 28, 2021

The letter from an Exelon employee (“Conowingo Dam License Will Benefit the BayMaryland Matters, June 18, 2021) is full of inaccuracies, and claiming that the dam is a “best management practice” is completely ridiculous.

While the dam may have slowed the flow of some sediment and trash for a time, the dam collected it and now releases it in catastrophic unnatural high-impact releases. Instead of slow and steady sediment releases, where in a healthy bay it could be somewhat filtered, it now comes in massive doses that smoothers and kills oysters, grass and benthic life. Additionally, few things are more catastrophic to rivers and their ecosystems than dams.

Maryland Department of the Environment’s water quality certification for the dam issued in 2018 clearly outlined how the dam has caused pollution and harm to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.