Harry Campbell, PA Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Monday provided an update on CBF-PA’s efforts to have the lower Susquehanna River designated as impaired for aquatic life by the Department of Environmental Protection. His update said--
This past week, we delivered 6,204 signatures to the Acting Secretary of the DEP. Thank you for your incredible support!
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These signatures, which far surpasses our goal of 5,000, will speak volumes to declaring the Lower Susquehanna as impaired. We will continue telling DEP how diseased and dying smallmouth bass have been found in the river since 2005. The state of the smallmouth bass fishery testifies to the devastating impact of pollution. We know when smallmouth bass are diseased, weakened, or otherwise stressed, things aren't right.
An impaired listing for the Lower Susquehanna would allow the restoration process to begin in earnest, designating the river for additional study and new levels of investment in restoration.
Many thanks again to all of you who have signed petitions or publically spoken out all in an effort to save this extraordinary place. Your support has been tremendous, and we hope we can count on you as we move forward in this fight.
We will continue to keep you in the loop as we receive any news on the Lower Susquehanna's impairment status. Stay tuned.
For more on Chesapeake Bay-related issues in Pennsylvania, visit the CBF-PA webpage. Click Here to sign up for Pennsylvania updates (bottom of left column). Click Here for a copy of CBF-PA’s most recent newsletter.(Photo: York Dispatch, John Pavoncello, Agricultural Runoff Into The Susquehanna River.)