December 2, 2012
I agree with much of what Sen. E. J. Pipkin wrote in his Baltimore Sun op-ed, "Is the Bay Foundation ignoring the threat behind the Conowingo Dam?" published on November 27. For instance the Susquehanna River, draining approximately 50 percent of Pennsylvania, is an enormous source of pollution to the Chesapeake. This has been clearly established by the best scientific monitoring and modeling for decades. It is one more example of why the science behind the Chesapeake Bay restoration is the best in the world.
October 9, 2012
The woman whose body was found in the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace Friday morning was identified Monday as Marie Rocco, 47, with addresses in both Havre de Grace and Vail, Colo. Rocco's body was discovered in the water off Hutchins Park by Havre de Grace Police at about 8:40 a.m. No further information about the cause of death was available, Ofc. Jeff Gilpin said in an e-mail Monday. "As in any death by unknown circumstances, we are treating this as a homicide until, or unless, evidence dictates otherwise," Gilpin said.
August 30, 2012
Now it's official: A report released today (8/30) finds the Conowingo Dam is losing its ability to prevent pollution from reaching the Chesapeake Bay. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the reservoirs behind Conowingo and other dams on the lower Susquehanna River are nearly full of sediment and are increasingly failing to trap it as it washes down river. The 94-foot-high hydroelectric structure at Conowingo is just the last and largest of...
June 14, 2012
A natural gas company has agreed to give $500,000 to monitor water quality in the Susquehanna River basin after a Pennsylvania well blowout last year spilled "fracking" fluids into a tributary of the river, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Thursday. Gansler had formally threatened to sue Chesapeake Energy Corp. for allegedly endangering the health of Marylanders by the April 2011 spill in Bradford County, Pa. The river supplies drinking water to 6.2 million people and is home to sensitive Chesapeake Bay fish populations of American shad and striped bass, Gansler noted.
April 4, 2012
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway's 12th annual River Sweep, a volunteer shoreline and roadside clean-up in honor of Earth Day, will take place in Havre de Grace, Perryville, Port Deposit and on Garrett Island on Saturday, April 21. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the clean-up taking place from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. in one of five locations for registration: Tydings Park, Havre de Grace; Community Park, Perryville; Boat Launch (River Road)
September 12, 2011
The Susquehanna River dropped back below flood stage Monday afternoon and residents of Port Deposit and Havre de Grace were busy trying to get to their homes and businesses to clean up. Jeff Harris, owner of Starbird Canvas in Havre de Grace, found about two feet of water flooding the store when he returned. "There's mud everywhere," Harris said. "The whole marina is covered in mud. … If this was my primary shop, it would be about two weeks before I'd be able to work again, and that would have a significant impact on my income.