Advocacy Initiatives

  • Participating in the once-every-50-years relicensing for Susquehanna River hydroelectric facilities. We are particularly interested in finding solutions to the threat sediment build-up behind Susquehanna River dams poses to the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Likewise, we are focused on securing permit requirements for effective upstream migratory fish passage, particularly the American Eel, whose successful reintroduction is key to the Susquehanna’s natural pollution filtration capacity.
  • Acting as citizen advocates of the Susquehanna River in the implementation of the 2010 Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), aka the Bay “Pollution Diet.” We seek to ensure (a) laws protecting water quality and human health are enforced and (b) that the State of PA and its county governments are accountable to its citizens in meeting their duty to reduce pollution to Susquehanna Watershed waterways. Clean waterways equal strong economies and strong communities!
  • Addressing the threat unconventional shale gas development poses to human health and the environment in the Susquehanna Watershed. We actively watch permitting, rulemaking, and policy by the PA Department of Environmental Protection to ensure strong oversight of this industrial activity. We also work with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to ensure states in the Susquehanna Watershed have uniform and appropriate quality control mechanisms, and that comprehensive, basin-wide environmental studies are performed so that decisionmakers have scientific baselines to inform their policymaking.
  • Working to have the Lower Susquehanna River listed as impaired on the state 303(d) list & implement a plan to revive the collapsing Smallmouth Bass population. The Susquehanna has a rich history and once hosted trophy smallmouth bass populations. We want to restore this important fish’s health and presence in the Susquehanna Watershed and improve the water quality of the Lower Susquehanna.