We are friends, neighbors, outdoorsmen, recreationalists, and families who want safe drinking water, sustainable use of natural resources, and the ability to fish and swim in the Susquehanna River and her tributaries.
Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® Association
Mission Statement: Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® Association is dedicated to improving the ecological health of the Lower Susquehanna River Watershed and the Chespeake Bay. Current and future citizens of the Lower Susquehanna River Watershed deserve high water quality, wise and sustainable use of all aquatic resources and preservation of aesthetic value of our waterways. Improvement will come through education, research, advocacy and insistence upon compliance with the law.;
Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® Association is a non-profit watershed association founded in 2005. Our Board of Directors receives guidance to our mission from environmental scientists, water quality specialists, legal professionals and watershed enthusiasts. We are a certified IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates as a membership-based, mission-driven organization dedicated to improving and protecting the ecological integrity of the Susquehanna Watershed and Chesapeake Bay.
We actively educate the public on current issues, work with decision-makers to emphasize the economic and social benefits of protecting our watershed, and when necessary enforce laws protecting communities and natural resources of the Susquehanna Watershed.
The Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® program performs “pollution patrols," random patrols that often turn up violations of law. Similarly, we partner with county conservation districts to address violations at construction, industrial, and agricultural sites.
The Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® program works on these pollution control activities:
wastewater treatment facilities;
concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs);
hydropower facility relicensing including sedimentation behind dams & fishery migration;
Pennsylvania and Maryland's obligations to cap pollution under the Chesapeake Bay TMDL rule;
strategies combating pollution from shale gas hydraulic fracturing;
stronger small farm and wetlands encroachment regulation, issues that account for much of the ecological impairment to the Lower Susquehanna Watershed.
Success is proven time and again by action in the form of fines, dropped permits, and Cease and Desist orders from regulating agencies.
Our goal is to become the recognized name in water defense for our region. We hope to lead citizens to action in protecting their watershed, communities, and heritage.