- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - State and federal agencies are holding a public meeting to discuss their conclusion that dredging the reservoir behind the Conowingo Dam wouldn’t effectively reduce pollution of the lower Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.

The meeting Tuesday night in Bel Air offers an opportunity for people to sound off on an issue that Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has highlighted.

The issue is the so-called “rain tax,” a fee that 10 local jurisdictions would pay to fund stormwater management plans aimed at reducing bay pollution carried by rain runoff. Hogan wants to get rid of the fee.

Critics of the fee say the dam’s reduced ability to trap sediment is an overlooked contributor to bay pollution. The draft report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says dredging isn’t an effective, long-term solution.

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