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Environmental group highlights importance of Susquehanna water quality

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | May 28, 2013 3:30 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- While the plight of smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River has grabbed headlines, one environmental group is warning how important protecting water quality is to the public.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is working to raise awareness about the need to protect the water quality in the river and reduce the pollution levels.

Harry Campbell is the Foundation's Pennsylvania executive director.

He says the river's also tied directly to many municipal water systems in the midstate.

"A large percentage of Pennsylvanians in south central Pennsylvania also get their drinking water from surface water sources that either feed into the Susquehanna River, or actually are taken directly out of the Susquehanna River," Campbell says.

The Susquehanna is the bay's chief tributary.

Campbell says businesses and governments can make many of the necessary adjustments needed to clean up the waterway, but he notes individuals can make a difference by doing something as simple as using less lawn fertilizer and controlling the amount of storm water runoff through the use of rain barrels and rain gardens.

The state Fish and Boat Commission and the state Department of Environmental Protection have been at odds over the health of the Susquehanna.

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