Category Archive: Publications

Mar 12

Fact Sheet on Act 13 – Pa’s Dirty New Drilling Law

Sierra Club Releases Drill Act Mythbuster Fact Sheet   The Mad Rush to Drill Act Mythbuster Factsheet from Pa Sierra Club is designed to not only discredit industry talking points, but also cite specific pieces of the law that promote dangerous fracking practices that threaten human health and the environment. “As the industry looks to …

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Jan 15

Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human Health and Animal Health

Controversy surrounding the impact of drilling on air and water quality has pitted industry and lease-holders against individuals and groups concerned with environmental protection and public health. Because animals often are exposed continually to air, soil, and groundwater and have more frequent reproductive cycles, animals can be used as sentinels to monitor impacts to human …

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Jan 13

EPA Interactive Map Pinpoints Greenhouse Gas Emitters

The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time is making available detailed information on sources of greenhouse gas emissions, from the Mount Sinai Hospital heating plant in Manhattan to the nation’s largest coal-burning power plant in Georgia. The agency unveiled a searchable computerized map on Wednesday, January 11 2012, that allows users to identify the …

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Aug 13

USGS Report Correlates Water Pollution & Smallmouth Bass Mutation (Endocrine Disruptors)

Vicki Blazer, a staff biologist from USGS, has published an excellent report entitled “Reproductive endocrine disruption in smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) in the Potomac River basin: spatial and temporal comparisons of biological effects.” This report provides the science behind pollution causing smallmouth bass mutations in the Shenandoah and Potomac watersheds, and is a strong argument …

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Jul 05

Report on the Status of Pennsylvania’s Antidegradation Policy & Suggestions For Improvement

Our wonderful colleagues at Delaware Riverkeeper Network put together an excellent whitepaper explaining Pennsylvania’s antidegradation policies, deficiencies, and methods for improvement. Antidegradation policies are a vital tool that regulators use to assess proposed new permitted pollution and like activities will not negatively impact protected, existing water resources uses. For instance, a stream designated Exceptional Value, …

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Apr 05

NGO Report on Nexus Between Shale Gas Impacts & Bay TMDL

Pennsylvania Energy Impacts Assessment The Nature Conservancy recently released an excellent report documenting the environmental impacts of Pennsylvania’s shale gas and wind power development. This report is the only one of its kind quantifying the breadth and severity of shale gas landscape impacts, while simultaneously drawing scientific links between those impacts and Pennsylvania’s obligations under …

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Jan 01

Mercury in Freshwater Fish

More than 20 U.S. states have fish consumption advisories as a result of mercury contamination. All of Pennsylvania remains under a blanket advisory that recommends limiting consumption of any recreationally-caught fish to one meal per week. Read about mercury in freshwater fish and what waters you shouldn’t fish for food in this publication.

Apr 05

Comprehensive Sediment Report for Susquehanna & the Bay

Interested in all the technical science and policy background behind sediment transport in the Susquehanna Watershed? Want to know how much sediment the Susquehanna Watershed contributes to the Bay, and how much is stored annually behind dams on the Lower Susquehanna? You should read this comprehensive report authored by the United States Geological Survey.

Mar 16

Fact Sheet: The Importance of Riparian Buffers

A riparian buffer is a vegetated area (a “buffer strip”) near a stream, usually forested, which helps shade and partially protect a stream from the impact of adjacent land uses. It plays a key role in increasing water quality in associated streams, rivers, and lakes, thus providing environmental benefits. With the decline of many aquatic ecosystems due to agricultural production, riparian …

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Dec 01

Help Protect Your Local Waterways!

Interested in helping Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper® protect clean water and restore our waterways? Read this letter explaining the importance of designating impaired waters at law, and how you – a citizen – can help enforce environmental laws and protect and enhance the Susquehanna Watershed!

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