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DNR Warns Boaters To Be Aware Of Floating Debris

Conowingo Floodgates Opened Due to Tropical Storm Lee

Cecil/Harford County, Md. (September 7, 2011) The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges all boaters going out in the next several days to be extra vigilant and keep a lookout for floating debris that could be hazardous to navigation.

The Conowingo Dam floodgates are being opened due higher than normal flows caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. Flows have been on the rise since early Monday and are predicted to continue for the next several days.

DNR estimates that debris will disperse throughout the Chesapeake Bay beginning at the Northern part, which may impact the main stem of the Bay as well as tributaries as the gates remain opened.

To report floating debris in a waterway, please call the Natural Resource Police at 1-877-224-7229 and select option 3. If the debris is of a hazardous nature, such as propane or fuel tanks, please report it to MDE at 1-866-633-4686.

   September 7, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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