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Damming the bay's pollution
Damming the bay's pollution

Here's the gist of the recent report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Conowingo Dam: Don't confuse a red herring with a red tide. The notion that all the pollution woes of the Chesapeake Bay could be heaped on one 86-year-old hydroelectric facility on the Lower Susquehanna River was ludicrous from the start no matter how much sediment is trapped behind it. That's not to suggest that all that sludge is a good thing, but what the corps found is that the adverse impact of those thousands of tons of material sitting behind the dam is minor compared to the excess nutrients that flow into the water upstream or from other bay tributaries on a daily basis. And it certainly...

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