State agency kicks off 'Save Our Susquehanna' effort

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 4, 2015 12:32 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- The state Fish and Boat Commission wants to raise money for pollution control projects along the Susquehanna River. 

The commission says it'll start selling "Save Our Susquehanna'' buttons for $10 on Monday. 

It says illness and elevated mortality rates have plagued the river's smallmouth bass population over the past decade.

Last month, biologists reported the first case of cancer in a smallmouth bass caught in the Susquehanna. 

Once the commission raises $50,000, it'll kick in another $50,000 and start the process of determining which pollution control projects to fund. 

It also hopes to contribute more money later in the year. 

The commission and the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Commission want the federal government to require states to set limits on pollutants entering the river.

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