The Clean Chesapeake Coalition (CCC) is currently comprised of government officials from six Maryland counties: Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent and Queen Anne’s. The Coalition’s objective is to pursue improvement to the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay in the most prudent and fiscally responsible manner – through research, coordination and advocacy. Since its inception in 2012, Coalition counties has fought to bring attention to the largest single point source of pollution to Bay waters, the reservoir behind the Conowingo Dam in the lower Susquehanna River.

Exelon, current owner of the Dam, is in the process of seeking a new, 46-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and, as part of that process, Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act requires that the state of Maryland issue a Water Quality Certification (WQC) for the Dam. On April 27th of this year, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) did indeed issue the WQC, with special conditions - conditions that Exelon is now suing Maryland over in two courts and administratively. Exelon maintains that the Dam is not a source of pollution and that the conditions imposed by the State are impracticable and illegal.

While it may be true that the Dam does not itself create pollution, CCC contends that its operations have a severely negative impact on the health of the Bay and that the 14-mile reservoir behind the Dam, also the responsibility of Exelon, must be properly maintained so that the downstream cleanup progress made to date is not wiped out by the next major storm event. Read More.