CBF Urges: Add the Susquehanna
River to the Impaired Waters List!
Last fall, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat
Commission sounded the alarm for urgent
state action to address widespread disease
and death among smallmouth bass in the
lower Susquehanna River.
SUMMER M. KELLEY
The smallmouth bass population is suffering in
parts of the Susquehanna River. CBF and
partners believe that adding a section of the
river to the impaired waters list will elevate
CBF and partners have petitioned the state
Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) to prioritize the health of the river,
and commit to a plan to help restore this
regional treasure by listing a 98-mile stretch
as an impaired waterbody.
Despite acknowledging that the river suffers
from serious pollution-related problems,
DEP has so far denied our petition. CBF
will, throughout the coming months, continue to urge DEP to reconsider.
For the millions who depend on the river,
the millions of dollars made from her bounty and for generations to come—there is no
better time to act on behalf of the
Susquehanna River and clean water.
Read More about the Susquehanna River at
Volunteers Make it Happen
This spring, CBF, partners, and nearly 100
volunteers planted 1,800 native perennial
plants and 50 native shrubs and trees at
Oregon Dairy Farm in Lancaster County.
22 Summer 2012 ; cbf.org
Degraded conditions in a
98-mile stretch of the
Susquehanna are threatening
our smallmouth bass fishery.
This newly planted buffer along Kurtz Run, a
tributary to the Conestoga River, will help
improve water quality by filtering pollutants
from runoff, restoring the natural function of
the stream, and keeping soil in place.
Planting streamside buffers is one of the
most cost-effective pollution-reduction
implement and a
part of the Clean Water Blueprint for the
Chesapeake and its rivers and streams.
Seven CBF field staffers provide technical
assistance on forested buffer installation and
in the last decade have helped over 4,500
Pennsylvania landowners establish streamside forested buffers.
Read CBF’s blog to learn more about the day,
the buffer, and the volunteers who made it happen at cbf.org/kurtzrun.
Making a Difference: Grace Lustig
Lustig of Adams
County is proving that age does not matter
when it comes to making a difference. A
recent journey to the Chesapeake Bay had a
lasting impact on Grace and the hundreds of
people she has already reached with a simple
message: “The pollutants [in the
Susquehanna River] are a big problem no matter how you look at it, for the environment,
fish, and humans. I thought, ‘What can I do,
I am only eight?’ Then I realized, maybe I
could do something. I could start a petition!”
And that’s just what she did. With her mother’s help, Grace launched an online petition
with change.org. Grace’s petition urges DEP to
include the Susquehanna River on its federal
impaired waters list. She read about the plight
of the river and the smallmouth bass and made
the connection. Grace realized that the river
plays a significant role—for the people who
depend on it, for the fish, and for the Bay. Way
to go, Grace!
Read More about Grace at cbf.org/grace.
KIM PATTEN/CBF STAFF
Volunteers plant trees along a stream in Lancaster County to reduce pollution entering the waterway.