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Smart Talk: Killing the Chesapeake–Pa poisoning the Bay

Fisherman on the Susquehanna River. It supplies half the freshwater flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.

 Chris Gardner / AP Photo

Fisherman on the Susquehanna River. It supplies half the freshwater flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.

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Airdate: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The beautiful Susquehanna River is the longest river on the East Coast of the United States. It is also thought to be one of the oldest rivers in the world, even older than the Hudson, Delaware and Potomac Rivers.

For many years, the Susquehanna has been targeted by environmentalists because of the excessive pollution it receives from agricultural runoff, farming and untreated sewage. Because the river is a main tributary feeding in the Chesapeake Bay, Susquehanna pollution is blamed for endangering that important waterway.

The USA Today Network recently published an investigative series on how Pennsylvania is failing in its obligation to clean up the river, and by extension, the Chesapeake Bay.

Joining Smart Talk Tuesday to discuss their reporting are Scott Fisher, USA Today Network Central Pennsylvania regional editor, Mike Argento, investigative reporter for the York Daily Record and Julia Rentsch, environmental reporter for Delmarva Now.

Celebrating the Commonwealth’s 340th Birthday

Happy Charter Day, Pennsylvania!

There are no in-person events this year to recognize the state’s birthday, but anyone interested in learning more or seeing the 340-year-old Charter need only visit the Pennsylvania State Archives to view the original document. 

David Carmichael is the Pennsylvania state Archivist and he appears on Smart Talk Tuesday to share the programs that are available through this week.

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