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Is the Susquehanna River impaired?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 29, 2012 5:45 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, July 2:

The Susquehanna River is the geographical feature that defines South Central Pennsylvania.  The river is a drinking water source for hundreds of thousands and a favorite recreational destination as well.

Everyone in this region has a stake in the Suquehanna's well-being.

That's why it's alarming when smallmouth bass being pulled from the river have black spots and lesions on their scales.  No one seems to know what's causing the the spots but the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says their research indicates the fish are otherwise healthy and can be eaten by humans.

The spotted bass are one of several reasons Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway has asked that the Susquehanna be declared an impaired waterway.  So far, Arway's request has been denied by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Arway will appear on Monday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss his concerns about the Susquehanna River.

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Photo: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

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