The fifth way to love a river - Take Action
Aug 11, 2014 03:36PM
By Erica Shames
EPA did express "concern about the health of smallmouth basin the Susquehanna River" and supported the research and monitoring PA-DEP is conducting in collaboration with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and other agencies in response—in part—to intense public concern for the declining fishery health of the River.
While EPA is encouraged that these efforts will "yield sufficient information to determine possible stressors impacting smallmouth bass," a recent CBF report concludes that disease is linked to the fishery decline and restoring the ecological health of the river requires action to address a myriad of pollution conditions. While further study of the Susquehanna River condition may be helpful, the river and its fisheries will not improve without putting a cleanup plan to action.
The Clean Water Act requires states to assess waterways for impairment and submit lists of impairments every two years.
When you visit the Susquehanna River this summer, you can help collect data adequate to support steps toward a clean-up plan. 1) Report diseased fish to Fish and Boat; and 2) follow the multi-agency study progress. Learn more at AmericanRivers.org.