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Declare the Susquehanna River impaired under the Federal Clean Water Act.
  • Petitioned Michael Krancer

This petition was delivered to:

PA Department of Environmental Protection, Secretary
Michael Krancer
U.S. Senate
Pennsylvania State Senate

Declare the Susquehanna River impaired under the Federal Clean Water Act.

    1. Cynthia Lustig
    2. Petition by

      Cynthia Lustig

      Biglerville, PA

Petition Summary: A 98-mile stretch of the Susquehanna River known as one of the nation’s best places to catch bass is in trouble. More and more smallmouth bass have black spots, blotches, open sores and lesions on their scales. Male fish are growing eggs and female fish show high levels of testosterone. If pollutants can affect the fish of the river in such ways we should take action not only to limit and correct the damaging effects on fish but also to prevent the health issues such pollutants could cause for humans. Similar federal imposed limits on maximum load for pollutants in several states have been credited with helping to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, into which the Susquehanna drains. It therefore makes sense that similar measures being applied to the Susquehanna would be beneficial to the river and the Chesapeake Bay as well.

Action Petitioned For: We the undersigned are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to declare the Susquehanna River from Sunbury, PA to the Holtwood Dam in Lancaster County, PA an impaired river under the Clean Water Act, allowing limits to be mandated for total maximum daily load (TMDL) of pollutants that can enter the water.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Signtures on my paper copy of the petition.

      Cynthia Lustig
      Petition Organizer

      I have a paper copy of this petition too! It has 74 signatures on it. As of June 6, 2012 we have 454 signatures with both this online one and my paper one! We are almost to 500, yeah! Keep Signing and Send it to Your Friends and Family Too! Thanks. Grace.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Grace's "As I See It" opinion piece in The Patriot newspaper, May 24, 2012!

      Cynthia Lustig
      Petition Organizer

      Getting the word out! One determine little girl.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. Why an 8 year old started this petition.

      Cynthia Lustig
      Petition Organizer

      Hi. My name is Grace and I am 8 years old (though I'm listed under my mom's name since I could not do this with out her help).
      I’ve learned a 98-mile stretch of the Susquehanna River, known as one of the nation’s best places to catch bass, is in trouble; according to John Arway the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission executive director. Lots of fish have black spots and open sores. Male fish are growing eggs and female fish have very high levels of male hormones! The pollutants in the river are a big problem. I’m worried that if the pollutants can be a problem to fish, they could start being a problem for humans too.
      But I thought, “What can I do, am only eight?” Then I realized, maybe I could do something. I could start a petition!
      So I am starting this online petition for concerned citizens to take action. Please help limit pollutants in the Susquehanna River. That will help the Susquehanna River, Chesapecke Bay, & the fish, animals & people that depend on both waterways.


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      “ Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” ~Carl Sagan

    • Amie Glace MONTOURSVILLE, PA
      • 12 months ago


    • sue bowers-miller HARRISBURG, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      human waste floating by while im trying to enjoy recreation on the water-yuck, sick fish boo

    • Steve Link PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I fish the river and Chesapeake,and conservation is important for my generation and the generations to come

    • Jess H YORK, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      First of all, I love the bass and think it's ridiculous not to take measures to ensure the safety of the Susquehanna for the aquatic life, especially the bass. Also, I care because what is affecting those fish in the water could very well cycle around to affect humans as well.


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