New Executive Director
In January 2013,
was named the
We will continue to call on the
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency to list the Susquehanna
as an impaired water body.
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children.
raising property values, and reducing rates of
domestic abuse, stress, and even Attention
smallmouth. Unfortunately many experts
and anglers now speculate that current con-
ditions in the Lower Susquehanna may lead
to the possible collapse of this once-
Having spent the
past nine years as
is a respected resource on technical,
policy, and science issues and will now direct
state policy, advocacy, and restoration efforts.
Although starting small, this project demonstrates the myriad of benefits of urban trees
and builds partnerships that will help reduce
pollution and revitalize communities in the
city of Harrisburg.
uFor more on CBF’s work in Pennsylvania, visit
cbf.org/Pennsylvania or call 717/234-5550.
In the summer 2012 edition of Save the Bay,
we shared with you that CBF had joined the
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and
other partners in petitioning the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection to
declare the Lower Susquehanna an impaired
The department has denied the petition and
excluded the river from its final January
submission to the U.S. Environmental
“For decades, CBF and our Pennsylvania partners and members have worked to improve
and protect our waters by advocating for science-based policies, spearheading efforts to
assist farmers and communities, providing
educational opportunities for students and
leaders and making on-the-ground restoration efforts that resulted in the restoration of
over 2,000 miles of streamside forests,” said
Campbell. “The health of our waters will be a
lasting legacy we leave to our children, and it
is our hope, and our goal, to ensure that our
waters are clean and healthy for this and
Update on the Health of the
The Susquehanna River—one of the nation’s
longest, most important rivers, and the greatest source of fresh water to the Bay—is in
trouble. For several years, scientists and
anglers have been reporting unprecedented
incidents of diseased
and dying smallmouth bass in the
This nearly one hundred mile stretch of river, spanning from
Sunbury to the Maryland border, has long
been a destination for anglers seeking the
We believe the federal Clean Water Act is
clear—when a problem of this significance is
found in our waters, it warrants listing the
water body as impaired. Listing the Lower
Susquehanna would have galvanized state,
federal, academic, and nonprofit resources to
study the problem and devise a detailed plan
to fix it.
Please join us in congratulating Harry.
Going Green in the Capital
CBF will continue to work with our partners,
members, and our online Action Network to
call on the Environmental Protection Agency
to take action. Stay tuned for updates on this
u For more information or to join CBF’s Action
Network, visit cbf.org/actionnetwork.
With a gloried history, grand architecture,
and a beautiful view of downtown, the South
Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg was
once a thriving community. Today, however,
the community struggles with poverty and
has the highest crime rates in the city.
CBF is now working with the Community
Action Commission, founded in 1966 to
help Pennsylvanians achieve self-sufficiency,
and a team of organizations to revitalize the
neighborhood—starting by planting trees.
Research has shown that in addition to the
many environmental benefits that trees provide, they also have societal benefits like
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Local economies, human health, property values, and recreational opportunities—all benefit from a
healthy, vital Susquehanna River.