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Statement on Debris Cleanup in the Susquehanna River



Exelon Generation performs "clamming" to safely clear debris from the Susquehanna River. Workers use cranes to fill dumpsters with wood, plastic and other trash floating behind the dam. The dumpsters are then trucked to Hopkins Cove to be sorted into recycling or landfills.

At Exelon Generation, we are committed to protecting the natural environments we share with our surrounding communities through a variety of sustainable practices, including debris removal around the Conowingo Dam. 

The Conowingo Dam receives debris from the 27,500-mile Susquehanna River watershed covering three states: New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

In 2018, we’ve seen the largest volume of debris flowing downriver in 20 years because of winter storms, ice flows on the Susquehanna River, and heavy rains that affected the entire watershed. 

We share your concerns about the debris and its potential impact on communities, the health of the river and the Chesapeake Bay, and we are committed to working with the state, local communities and environmental organizations to clear debris from the river.

Exelon Generation is working our debris management plan at Conowingo Dam, and we have cleared eighteen 20-yard dumpsters (about 360 cubic-yards) of debris from the river since the beginning of the year. 

Although the process takes time, we have crews operating overhead cranes and grapple devices to clear debris from the river as safely and efficiently as possible. When safe, we will launch debris skimmer boats to assist with cleanup.

We remain committed to working with the state, our community partners and environmental organizations to assist with clean-up efforts. We are proud sponsors of both the Lower Susquehanna Heritage River Sweep and our annual Conowingo Pond clean-up day where we remove more than 100 tons of debris and refuse from the river each year.  

We encourage our local communities to get involved and learn more about these events at​




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