On June 14, 2006, SRBC approved the final Conowingo Pond Management Plan. The plan relates to the management of the Conowingo pond, the 14-mile interstate reservoir formed behind the Conowingo dam on the lower Susquehanna River that straddles the PA-MD state line. The reservoir provides water for public water supply systems, energy production, recreational activities and aquatic habitat and provides fresh water to the upper Chesapeake Bay. During prolonged droughts, the reservoir level can drop to the point where potential conflicts arise and difficult decisions have to be made regarding priority uses. The plan includes a proposed protocol for reservoir operations during these times of critical low flows.
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