Thursday, January 21, 2021

Susquehanna River Basin Commission To Mark 50th Anniversary Of Basin Compact In 2021

This year marks the
Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s 50th anniversary. The effective date of the Susquehanna River Basin Compact, which authorized the creation of the Commission, was January 23, 1971.

“It’s a good time to reflect on our role in the management of the river basin’s water resources and how the events of the past half century have shaped SRBC,” says Andrew Dehoff, SRBC Executive Director.

“Some of our most noteworthy accomplishments include state-of-the-art flood forecasting and early warning systems, the development of water storage agreements, long term water quality monitoring, effective water withdrawal regulations, and contributions to the Chesapeake Bay restoration,” says Dehoff. “All of SRBC’s efforts are in support of meeting the river basin’s public, economic, and ecological needs.”

Since 1971, SRBC has been dedicated to fulfilling its mission as a federal-interstate compact. Its duty is to coordinate the management of water resources across state lines, which requires a strong commitment from its member states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland along with the federal government, represented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In celebration of its golden anniversary, state and federal leaders and partners are applauding SRBC’s achievements over the years. 

Among those sending congratulatory letters and citations are the Honorable PA Governor Tom Wolf, Honorable US Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey Jr., and the PA State Senate and PA House of Representatives.

 In addition, PA Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources Cindy Adams Dunn and Executive Directors of the Delaware River Basin Commission, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin and Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation have sent congratulatory remarks.

Former Commission chair Aneca Y. Atkinson, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Water Programs in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, remarked on the occasion, “I am proud to represent the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Commissioner for the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this important effort. For five decades the Susquehanna River Basin Commission has worked as a partnership in balancing the needs of communities with larger state and federal goals, for the overall benefit of all involved. Today, thanks in part to the efforts of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and its members, we see cleaner water and healthier communities throughout the watershed. I look forward to working with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission in our ongoing commitment to improving water quality in the Susquehanna River Basin and am honored to help usher in the next 50 years of cooperative conservation and protection of this critical watershed.”

SRBC is launching an anniversary campaign that will include special features in its newsletter and social media posts, an online historical story map that covers SRBC’s history and landmark achievements, and special events throughout the coming months.

For more information on programs, training opportunities and upcoming events, visit the Susquehanna River Basin Commission website.  Click Here to sign up for SRBC’s newsletter.   Follow SRBC on Twitter, visit them on YouTube.

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[Posted: January 21, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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