Harford County has a way that we can balance job creation and rising energy costs against the need for clean energy and a better environment.
I am speaking about the Conowingo Dam, which prevents two million tons of sediment from entering the upper Chesapeake every year. This is sediment created upstream by pollution from industrial use, farming and construction. In a world where efforts to contain pollution are falling to the wayside, the Conowingo Dam (literally and figuratively) serves as a barrier between the environment and those that seek to destroy it.
In reality, the dam delivers enormous environmental benefits to the area. The dam provides clean energy through hydro-powered turbines, preventing 6.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. That's the equivalent of taking 1.2 million cars off the road. Not to mention, it is a really cool thing to see when you're crossing between Harford and Cecil counties on Route 1.
Conowingo Dam is not part of the problem. It has helped to protect the Bay for over 80 years and delivers more than $200 million in economic benefits to Harford and Cecil counties per year and delivers 1.6 million megawatt hours of electricity, enough to power 159,000 households for a whole year.