ISSUES

Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® works diligently to defend the Lower Susquehanna and its communities from harmful pollution. We also advocate for new regulations and protections that better protect the watershed and its inhabitants.

Below are some of our ongoing issues.

Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)  On December 29, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), a pollution diet to initiate actions to restore water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and the region’s streams, creeks and rivers. 2011: EPA completes TMDL and model revisions;  States …

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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

What is a CAFO?  A CAFO, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, is an industrial-sized livestock operation The quantity of feces and urine from even the smallest CAFO is equal to the urine and feces produced by 16,000 humans A CAFO can house anywhere from hundreds to millions of animals CAFOS generally contain chickens, dairy cattle, …

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Construction

Construction Pollution Construction is a valid and important part of our economy and way of life. However, without adequate standards this type of activity can have serious direct and indirect consequences for human health and the environment. The construction industry is a major source of pollution, responsible for fine particulate emissions, substantial water pollution incidents, …

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Hydroelectric Dams, Relicensing & Migratory Fish

What Is Hydroelectric Power? Hydroelectricity is the term referring to electricity generated by hydropower; the production of electrical power through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water. It is the most widely used form of renewable energy. Susquehanna River Hydropower The Susquehanna River has a collection of dams. These dams are …

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Industrial Pollution

Brunner Island Coal Electricity Generation Station (PPL) WASHINGTON, D.C. ///February 24, 2010/// The case for the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to stop sitting on a delayed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coal-ash site contamination rule is even stronger than it first appeared to be, according to a major new report from the Environmental …

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Waste & Disease

Pharmaceuticals in Our Waters Recent research has revealed amounts of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other bioactive compounds in our waterways. According to USGS research on fish in the Potomac watershed, these compounds may be affecting aquatic species. Testing for these compounds in our waterways and drinking water will be conducted by USGS with the …

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Unconventional Shale Gas Development

Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing & Our Watersheds Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is an oil and natural gas production technique that involves the injection of millions of gallons of water, plus chemicals and sand, underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in the underlying geology to allow natural gas to escape. The sand …

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