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.