Monday 18 June 2018

Press Statements (64)

Appeal says certification fails to recognize potential harm to the Chesapeake Bay from sediment stored behind the dam (Baltimore, Md.) – Waterkeepers Chesapeake and the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association filed an administrative appeal on June 8, 2018, urging the Maryland Department of the Environment to reconsider its recent water quality certification for the Conowingo Dam, which is owned and operated by Exelon Corporation. Exelon has requested a new 50-year federal license to operate the dam, and, in order to receive that license, the State of Maryland must certify that the dam’s operations will not adversely impact water quality under the Clean Water Act. “This is one of the most important decisions in the effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay,” said Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, a coalition of 19 independent waterkeeper organizations. “We shouldn’t be approving a 50-year license without a solid, accountable plan for removing sediment from behind the dam.” The Conowingo Dam was completed in 1928 and, since that time, it has been trapping sediment and nutrient pollution from the Susquehanna River and its 27,000-square-mile drainage area. Sediment is one of the three key pollutants, along with nitrogen and phosphorus, that is regulated under the federal Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, known as the TMDL. Scientists have concluded that the reservoir behind the dam is now at capacity and cannot trap any more sediment. After large storms, powerful floodwaters can scoop out or “scour” the stored sediment behind the dam and send that downstream to the…
We’re super excited to be the recipient of a MOM’s Organic Market 5% Day at the grand opening of their Gaithersburg store June 1 – 3, 2018! MOM’s is an important partner for our work protecting clean water and promoting healthy, organic soils! This is a great opportunity for you to have your grocery shopping dollars support local efforts to protect your clean water and grow local organic farms! Come find us at the grand opening and learn more about your local Waterkeepers and our Fair Farms campaign! In addition, the Gaithersburg Grand Opening will feature: Meet and greets with Neighborhood Sun, Montgomery Parks Brookside Gardens, Trash Free Maryland, Rock Creek Conservancy, Maryland Dept. Of The Environment, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Community Forklift - Nonprofit Reuse Center For Home Improvement, Oyster Recovery Partnership, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Local tastings, kids’ activity, music, activities, giveaways, and much more! What you can expect from the new store… Only the highest quality, certified organic produce Naked Lunch, an all organic, vegetarian eatery MOM’s Bake Shop, in-house made, unique, organic sandwich breads made from heirloom grains and live starters  Sustainable insect proteins Backyard Beekeeping section with all the tools needed to sustain these crucial pollinators at home Free car charging stations Only sustainable seafood (right down to the canned tuna!) Wide variety of GOTS certified organic and sustainable clothing Liquid bulk section including oil, vinegar, and honey A recycling center for corks, eyeglasses, cell phones, household batteries, shoes, and plastic bags Expansive Health & Wellness…
Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Potomac Riverkeeper Network and other partners submitted comments on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Environmental Assessment (EA) of TransCanada’s proposed fracked gas pipeline under the Potomac River. Our comments call out the agency for a variety of failures of analysis, including outdated methodologies, reliance on inaccurate or unsupported facts, and unwarranted conclusions. For over a year, we have joined our No Potomac Pipeline coalition partners in voicing our concerns to State and Federal authorities over the serious threats this pipeline has on the Potomac River, the drinking water for 6 million people. There has been a pattern of reluctance from those authorities to hear our concerns and to fully assess this pipeline project in its entirety. Comments filed are extensive and detailed, but some of the highlights are: FERC failed to properly evaluate the serious risk and potential impacts on public health and safety posed by horizontal directional drilling under the Potomac River and C & O Canal The EA, by using methodologies which are outdated or based on inaccurate facts, fail to adequately consider impacts on climate change The EA does not adequately discuss all reasonable alternatives, including an option that would attach the pipeline to a bridge over the Potomac instead of drilling underneath the river. It is unfortunate that FERC continues to disregard the threats to our environment from pipeline companies like TransCanada, rather than assess the true costs and recognize the impacts to our citizens and neighbors. Our comments show that FERC has failed its…

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