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Dam in Cecil County Threatening Chesapeake Bay Health

Posted: Jul 06, 2017 6:34 PM Updated:

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- The Conowingo Dam in Cecil County could be bad news for the Chesapeake Bay.

Researchers say pollutants like sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorous are filling up the dam's reservoir faster than expected. 

That doesn't sit well with waterman, David Phillips.

"It's ludicrous because they've just put it off, and put it off, and put it off," e said. "And they need to get something done now because it's the health of our bay, the crab, and oysters."

Scientists say the dam is nearing its capacity nearly 15 years sooner than expected.

However, researcher Jeffrey Cornwell says Maryland isn't the bay's biggest pollution offender.

"The biggest issue is that Maryland has done a very good job on average in terms of reducing nitrogen, phosphorous," he said. "Now we're really looking upstream to Pennsylvania - a place where we can make the most progress."

A midpoint assessment of the Conowingo Dam will not be completed until later this year. For now, some people say a possible solution could be dredging.

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