Waterkeepers Chesapeake in the News

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

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 and Angela Haren, Baltimore Sun Op Ed, July 4, 2019 This year, we’re experiencing these negative effects of stormwater pollution in full force, and it’s no coincidence this is coming after Baltimore’s rainiest year on record. When stormwater flows into our waterways, the excess pollutants rob the water of oxygen and can … Read more

A Big Year for Clean Water Legislation in Maryland and Virginia!

We had some important legislative wins for clean water in Maryland. But first let’s give a big shout out to the amazing win in Virginia on cleaning up a legacy of toxic coal ash stored on our river banks! Virginia Safe Disposal of Coal Ash – Great news in Virginia! On March 20, Governor Northam signed into … Read more

Waterkeepers Chesapeake 2018 Year-End Reflections

Recent years at Waterkeepers Chesapeake have been marked by pronounced growth in our organization and our capacity to protect clean water in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays regions. Waterkeepers Chesapeake has been working hard to magnify the impact of each member organization to reduce pollution by focusing on long-term systemic change, organizing collective legal and … Read more

Exelon Made a Bad Choice

Exelon’s challenge of the 401 Water Quality Certification is unfortunate, but not unexpected. From the start of the dam relicensing process back in 2012, Exelon has demonstrated that they would rather pay lawyers to fight to avoid responsibility, rather than investing in protect the nation’s largest estuary — the Chesapeake Bay. Throughout this process, the … Read more

Waterkeepers Chesapeake Fall 2017 ENews

Volunteer with Your Waterkeeper! It’s September which means it’s time for river and coastal cleanups with our Waterkeepers! Several of them are participating in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteer for one of these cleanups and follow along at #CoastalCleanup and #WKCCleanups! Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Clean up at Urieville Lake with Chester Riverkeeper … Read more