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Exelon sues MD, calls Conowingo requirements an ‘unfair burden’

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The owners of the Conowingo Dam and the state of Maryland have come to legal blows over whether the utility can be forced to pay potentially billions of dollars over the coming decades to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

The Maryland Department of the Environment in late April issued a decision that could require the Chicago-based utility to pay up to $172 million a year to help...

Midpoint assessment for Bay cleanup: only 40% of nitrogen goal met

The Chesapeake Bay region has reached the halfway mark toward its Bay cleanup goal in terms of time — but not in terms of accomplishments.

July 1 marked the midpoint to the 2025 deadline for taking all actions needed to stem the tide of water-fouling nutrients into the Chesapeake Bay, which would ultimately result in clearer water, less algae and an end to its summer...

We’ll be out but still about this summer

Summer is here, so it’s time for our combined July-August issue which gives our staff a chance to unwind and head outside (and our readers a chance to catch up with their Bay Journals).

We’re leaving you with an issue packed with important stories.

Transmitter-equipped eels to pinpoint best place for passages

Biologists are hoping that a group of pathfinding eels will show the way for improved upstream migration on parts of the Potomac River that have been largely off-limits to the slithery fish for nearly two centuries.

In early May, they released 50 eels about a third of a mile below each of two dams upstream of Harpers Ferry. Each had a tiny transmitter inserted so that biologists...

PA hatchery a symbol of Bay’s shad state of affairs

When I pulled up to Pennsylvania’s Van Dyke Hatchery one morning in early May, what struck me was how little it had changed. It was still the same plywood building with a tin roof that I had described in a story after my last visit — 28 years ago — as looking “more like something out of the low-rent district than a one-of-a-kind hatchery.”


PA shad hatchery’s 42-year run may be coming to an end

If you saw this creature in a stream, you’d run for cover.

The footlong image on Josh Tryninewski’s computer screen had an eerie, transparent body with two large bulging eyes at one end. A strange white sac was hanging underneath.

You could find one in a stream, but not easily. It’s not a mutant — but an American shad, just hours after hatching. The one on Tryninewski’s screen...

Chesapeake region unlikely to meet 2025 Bay cleanup goals unless it picks up the pace

The Chesapeake Bay is getting healthier, but its recovery is “fragile” unless state and federal governments pick up the pace of their actions, environmental groups warned Wednesday.

As the halfway point toward the 2025 cleanup deadline approaches, the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation reported that the region is generally on track toward meeting pollution reduction goals for...

VA at odds with fisheries commission over cap for menhaden caught in Bay

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission warned Virginia in May that the state could soon face action for failing to adopt new menhaden harvest limits established late last year — a process that could lead to a complete closing of its menhaden fishery.

Specifically, Virginia has not established a 51,000 metric ton harvest cap for menhaden caught within the Chesapeake Bay by...

Exelon sues MD over ‘unfair burden’ posed by Conowingo Dam requirements

The owner of Conowingo Dam on Friday challenged conditions Maryland placed on the hydroelectric facility’s continued operation, saying the pollution cleanup ordered by the state imposes an “unfair burden” that would cost “orders of magnitude” more than the dam is worth.

Exelon Corp. filed an appeal asking the Maryland Department of the Environment to reconsider its decision in...

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About Karl Blankenship

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Karl Blankenship is editor of the Bay Journal and Executive Director of Chesapeake Media Service. He has served as editor of the Bay Journal since its inception in 1991, winning numerous awards and recognition for his work, including the 2001 Excellence in Journalism Award from the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation; in 2006 he became the fourth person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Before the Bay Journal, he was a reporter at the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, and the Saginaw (MI) News. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in journalism.

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