Virginia and Chesapeake Bay Area Water News Headlines Sampler for July 1-3, 2013: Portsmouth Park, Charlottesville Stormwater, and Susquehanna Dam Relicensing

Portsmouth’s Paradise Creek Park is found again, Virginian-Pilot, 7/1/13.  On June 22, 2013, the City of Portsmouth officially opened Paradise Creek Nature Park, a 40-acre, $14.6-million project that includes trails and wildlife habitat in woodlands and wetlands.

Charlottesville fined $26,000 for stormwater mitigation violations, Charlottesville Daily Progress, 7/1/13.  On July 1, 2013, the Charlottesville City Council agreed to a proposed consent order with the U.S. EPA that would assess the City a $26,000 civil penalty for violation of stormwater management requirements at some construction sites; the problems have been, or are being corrected, according to city officials.

Counties seek to intervene in Conowingo relicensing, The (Easton Md.) Star Democrat, 7/2/13; and Coalition tries to intervene in dam relicensing in effort to curb pollution, The Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, 7/1/13.  In late June, a coalition of the Maryland counties of Allegany, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, and Kent filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to intervene in the relicensing process by Excelon Corporation for the Conowingo Hydroelectric Dam on the Susquehanna River in Maryland; the counties’ coalition—the Clean Chesapeake Coalition—seeks to have dredging of sediment built up behind the dam be part of the relicensing approval.

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