Waterkeepers Chesapeake in the News

Enjoy these recent news articles, videos and other media mentions about our work.

Opinion: Bipartisan Emergency Bill Would Halt Bad Deal on Conowingo

Op Ed posted in Maryland Matters, March 12, 2020 The State of Maryland has a powerful and binding tool to help improve water quality and the health of the Chesapeake Bay for the next 50 years sitting right in front of it, but inexplicably, the state has decided not to use it. If you are … Read more

Press Statement: Lawmakers, Watermen, and Advocates Support Legislation to Stop Maryland’s Conowingo Dam Settlement with Exelon

Bipartisan legislation would prevent Md. Dept of Environment from waiving Water Quality Certifications, including for proposed Conowingo Dam license renewal (Annapolis, MD) –Maryland watermen and clean water advocates joined Republican and Democratic lawmakers to call for the passage of legislation that would prevent Maryland from waiving a Water Quality Certification for the Conowingo Dam federal … Read more

Bay Journal: Environmentalists, Shore officials oppose Conowingo settlement

Chesapeake Bay Journal, Tim Wheeler, February 12, 2020 Critics say deal doesn’t come close to fixing dam’s ecological harm, urge federal commission to reject it, seek legislation to block it. “We’re going to have impacts from what happens with this relicensing until 2070, perhaps longer,” said Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, “so getting … Read more

The Proposed Conowingo Settlement – A Dam Dud

By Zack Kelleher, Sassafras Riverkeeper The recently-announced agreement between the Maryland Department of the Environment and Exelon Corporation regarding the Conowingo Dam is a baby step in the right direction, but does not do enough to protect the Chesapeake Bay or Sassafras River. At a time when we need innovative, comprehensive solutions to major environmental … Read more

Baltimore Sun Editorial: Conowingo deal: helpful, but disappointing

Baltimore Sun Editorial: Conowingo deal: helpful, but disappointing, October 31, 2019 The Baltimore Sun editorial picks up several of our concerns on the Conowingo Dam settlement: not enough funds invested over a 50-year license period; funds will be placed on the Clean Water Fund that is not a “locked box”; and the settlement is not enforceable … Read more

Bay Journal: Exelon agrees to $200 million settlement for impact of Conowingo Dam

Exelon agrees to $200 million settlement for impact of Conowingo Dam, Bay Journal, Tim Wheeler & Jeremy Cox, October 30, 2019 The Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and Waterkeepers Chesapeake had contended that the conditions originally imposed by the MDE didn’t go far enough to address the dam’s impacts. Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Ted Evgeniadis said the … Read more

Engineering-News Record: Maryland-Exelon Pact Aims for Cleaner Susquehanna River

Maryland-Exelon Pact Aims for Cleaner Susquehanna River, Engineering-News Record, Tom Ichniowski, October 30, 2019 But environmental groups question whether the new deal’s provisions are strong enough to make the river and bay water cleaner. Betsy Nicholas, Waterkeepers Chesapeake Executive Director, said in a statement that provisions for Exelon to pay Maryland for such things as … Read more

Baltimore Sun: In settlement with Maryland, Conowingo Dam owner Exelon to invest $200 million to clean up Susquehanna River

In settlement with Maryland, Conowingo Dam owner Exelon to invest $200 million to clean up Susquehanna River, Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, October 29, 2019 Waterkeepers Chesapeake Executive Director Betsy Nicholas said she was pleased to see the deal calls for investment in eel and mussel populations, both species that have suffered since the dam has … Read more

Op Ed: Maryland’s Bay Clean Up Plan Lags Behind 

By Katlyn Schmitt of Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Ben Alexandro of Maryland League of Conservation Voters Printed in Maryland Matters, September 9, 2019 The Chesapeake Bay states recently released their final Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs), which are federally required to demonstrate how each state will meet its clean water commitments for restoring the Bay by 2025. … Read more

We all have a role in keeping the Chesapeake clean

By Betsy Nicholas, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, and Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper Angela Haren, Baltimore Sun Op Ed, July 4, 2019 There’s a big problem right under our feet. Last year, sewer line breaks and leaks caused hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage water to spill into local waterways, putting both human health and aquatic life at … Read more