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MD Wants Exelon to Help with Debris From Conowingo Dam

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is asking the company that runs the Conowingo Dam for help clearing flood debris.

The letter sent late last week to Exelon CEO Christopher Crane says amid recent heavy rainfall, more than 20 floodgates were opened at the dam on the Susquehanna River.  Officials say debris that flowed through is now having a detrimental and dangerous impact downstream.

The letter was sent by the heads of the Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources. The dam is licensed and operated by Exelon Generation Company.

While agencies have been working to clear waterways, officials say the state doesn't have the resources to clear all of the pollution. They're asking Exelon to pitch in. Kristen Otterness, an Exelon spokeswoman, says the company is reviewing the letter.

Bay Executive Committee Meets

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Chesapeake Bay Watershed

BALTIMORE (AP) - A panel representing the six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is meeting after heavy rains brought debris downstream.

The rain also brought criticism from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan about pollution originating in upstream states. Hogan chairs the Chesapeake Bay Executive Committee and said last week that he plans to bring up debris concerns at the Tuesday meeting in Baltimore.

Hogan has cited problems with pollution flowing from the Susquehanna River over the Conowingo Dam and into the bay.

The council includes the governors of the six bay watershed states, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the mayor of the District of Columbia.  The watershed covers 64,000 square miles and includes Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.