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

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 restoring mussel habitat, “are merely statements of intent and they ...
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Baltimore Sun: In settlement with Maryland, Conowingo Dam owner Exelon to invest $200 million to clean up Susquehanna River

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 blocked upstream access. Nicholas said she is also concerned that ...
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Op Ed: Maryland’s Bay Clean Up Plan Lags Behind 

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. The multi-state clean-up effort, officially known as the Chesapeake Bay ...
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We all have a role in keeping the Chesapeake clean

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 serious risk. But overflowing sewage is only part of the ...
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A Big Year for Clean Water Legislation in Maryland and Virginia!

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 law a bill (SB 1355) to safely dispose of 28 million ...
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