Pre-release Call for Media: Report on sediment and pollution flow impacts to Chesapeake Bay from watershed, Conowingo Dam

For immediate release: Nov. 10, 2014


RSVP to: Sarah Gross 410-962-9015
Sarah.d.gross@usace.army.mil

Pre-release Call for Media: Report on sediment and pollution flow impacts to Chesapeake Bay from watershed, Conowingo Dam


What: Advance, informational media call to discuss the Nov. 13 release of the inter-agency Lower Susquehanna River Watershed Assessment (LSRWA) draft report for public comment.

Who:
*       Bruce Michael, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Resource Assessment Service Director and LSRWA         Study Team Maryland State Representative;
*       Anna Compton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Biologist and LSRWA Study Manager

Also Available for Questions:
*       Matthew Rowe, Maryland Department of the Environment, Deputy Director of Science Services Administration;
*       Rich Batiuk, Chesapeake Bay Program Office – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Associate Director for       Science, Analysis and Implementation;
*       Mark Bryer, The Nature Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Program Director

Detail: The draft LSRWA report analyzes the movement of sediment and associated nutrient loads within the lower Susquehanna watershed – including the Holtwood, Safe Harbor, and Conowingo hydroelectric dams – and the resultant pollutant load impacts on the health of the upper Chesapeake Bay. The report includes consideration of management strategies, and recommended needs and future opportunities. An embargoed press release will be sent to participants following the call. RSVP to Sarah Gross to receive the release.

When: Nov. 12, 2014, at 10 a.m. eastern

Where:  Dial-in: 1-888-621-9649 or 1-617-231-2734. Event ID: 417492
* You may join the teleconference 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start.
If you require a list of international dial-in numbers, visit http://events.uc.att.com/events/integrate/PhoneAccessPage/OCCSAccessNumbers.asp?ExEventID=417492
* If you need technical support, please call 1-888-796-6118.

Why:
This report outlines potential ways to better protect water quality, habitat and aquatic life in the lower Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay and offers information to better inform decision makers and stakeholders undertaking ongoing efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding watershed.

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