Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Sedimental dam

Dredging in Conowingo aims to help Chesapeake Bay

The Conowingo Dam, on the Susquehanna, has reached capacity with its' pollution trapping capabilities. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Washington Post

Baltimore Sun

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan plans to dredge a small amount of the sediment trapped behind the Conowingo Dam to determine whether doing so on a larger scale would help improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Many, including Hogan, have pointed to the growing sediment as a source of bay pollution. Further complicating matters, a recent Army Corps of Engineers study says the dam has reached its sediment limit, further raising health concerns.


Water pressures mount in rare N.J. preserve

Yale E360

The largest expanse of open space in the U.S.’ heavily populated Northeast corridor is the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. But with development encroaching on the Pineland’s main aquifer and its rare wetland habitats, some conservationists say it’s time to limit growth in the surrounding region.


Georgia gets allies in water wars against Florida

Sunshine State News & AJC.com

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a key player in Florida's decades-old legal fight with Georgia over water flow in the Apalachicola River, has weighed into the pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court against Florida's request that the agency stay neutral. Meanwhile, a once-banned water conservation method — aquifer storage and recovery — is gaining traction as a way to quench the state's growing population and development demands.