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Where is the Conowingo Dam located?

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Conowingo Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Susquehanna River in Maryland that is located approximately 9 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay. The 9,000-acre Conowingo Reservoir behind the dam prevents sediment and phosphorus pollution from flowing downstream to the Chesapeake Bay.

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Conowingo Reservoir provides drinking water for Baltimore, Maryland, and cooling water for the Peach Bottom Nuclear Generating Station. People also use the reservoir for recreational activities, including boating, fishing and birdwatching. The dam's construction impacted migratory fish species in the Susquehanna, including the American shad, so the dam authority installed a fish lift in 1991. Approximately 153,000 American shad passed through the fish lift to spawn in 2000.

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