Kimberly Long is the Environmental Program Manager for Exelon and also the Senior Program Manager for Hydro-Relicensing of the Conowingo Dam.
The Spy sat down with Ms. Long to discuss the relicensing process and to address the many concerns Eastern Shore residents have over the 185 million tons of sediment that has amassed behind the dam since it was built in 1928.
Sediment spills from the Susquehanna River through the dam have been blamed for killing aquatic grasses and the commercial oyster fleet in the upper third of the Bay over the last four decades.
The dam is quickly nearing its storage capacity of 204 million tons and spills caused by storm events have become more frequent.
In the video, Long explains what Exelon’s responsibilities are — and their efforts to address the sediment problem. You will have to turn the volume up on your PC.
The video is under seven minutes.