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50-year pact gives American shad, other migratory fish a boost in passage through Conowingo Dam

Wildlife advocates say the numbers of American shad journeying from the Atlantic Ocean to spawning grounds in the Susquehanna River each year could climb to 2 million over the next 50 years as a result of a deal struck this week with the owner of Conowingo Dam.

In an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chicago-based Exelon Corp.

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Survey finds strong growth of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay

There were more than 53,000 acres of grasses covering the floor of the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay last year, a footprint 29 percent larger than in 2014 and approaching a key benchmark in bay restoration.

The data is according to an annual aerial survey conducted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and released by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Thursday.

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Peregrine falcon dies shortly after hatching in Inner Harbor nest

One of three baby peregrine falcons to hatch on a ledge of Baltimore's Transamerica Tower in recent days has died, according to the Chesapeake Conservancy, which broadcasts the nest with a live webcam.

When prey was brought into the nest to feed the brood, part of it rested on top of the eyas, as baby falcons are known, smothering it.

The eyas had hatched hours earlier.

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Thousands of gallons of sewage leaking into Chinquapin Run; repairs to start next month

Public works officials are urging people to avoid contact with the Chinquapin Run in Northeast Baltimore after discovering hundreds of gallons of sewage have been leaking into it every day for at least three weeks.

A 21-inch sewer main near the stream's intersection with Loch Raven Boulevard is releasing about 15 gallons of sewage into the stream each hour, city officials said Friday.

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Sparrows Point contamination in creek poses some health risk

More than a century of steelmaking at Sparrows Point has left contaminants in Bear Creek that pose a slight health risk to humans, according to a new report presented to the public Thursday night.

As part of the ongoing cleanup of the former steel mill in southeastern Baltimore County, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S.

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4 percent of city water samples contain elevated lead levels

Nearly 4 percent of samples taken for a Baltimore water-quality analysis contained unacceptable levels of lead, according to a report released Monday by the city.

Two out of 52 samples contained lead at levels higher than 15 parts per billion, considered the "action level."

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