Today, when I crossed the dam, there was about 20 acres of debris above the dam on the west side. Mostly smaller stuff, no logs larger than about a foot in diameter, a few plastic 55 gallon drums, some beach balls and plastic stuff. No flood gates open at this time, though it has been raining fairly hard upriver and near the dam for the past three days. The tide at the marina was extremely high, over the finger pier at my boat and I had a bit of difficulty boarding, but I managed.
There was a fair amount of smaller debris floating down the Susquehanna near the marina, and the current was fairly strong. This was probably the combined contribution of Deer Creek, Octorario Creek and the turbines running at Conowingo Dam. Both creeks were pretty muddy and high when I crossed the.
Pilings on both sides of the Amtrack Bridge main channel span, which were part of the old car bridge, are in the process of being demolished. I think this work is probably being done by the upriver stone and gravel quarry owners to make barge passage a bit easier. It's a real tight fit when they pass beneath the Amtrack Bridge, but the old pilings made it a bit more difficult to negotiate the opening.
Winter must be getting close because the marina sent out winter storage contracts last week. I usually don't take the boat out of the water until about Thanksgiving, though, and back in by mid April. Of course, the prices increased a bit, but still far lower than the marinas on the other side of the river and down in Essex and Baltimore.
All the best,