DEP Chronicles Story of Susquehanna River Stresses and Cites Successes


HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)   If you are a fan of the Susquehanna River check out a new a new interactive, multimedia website called the Susquehanna River Story

the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) effort helps people  learn about adverse human impacts on the East Coast’s longest river and its tributaries.

 “Working with many partners, we’re developing and implementing programs that are paying off in addressing the wide range of challenges the Susquehanna faces,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell, in a prepared release.
“These are informed by innovative pollution assessment methods and stores of data we’ve developed that have made us a national leader in large-river monitoring.”  Secretary McDonnell added.

 DEP has played an instrumental role in improving the health of the Susquehanna River Basin. For example, as a direct result of DEP acid mine drainage cleanup projects, the West Branch Susquehanna River—which was biologically dead about 15 years ago—now has aquatic life from near Clearfield to Lock Haven, including the return of healthy populations of native mussels from Sunbury to Williamsport.


The Susquehanna River Story website uses GIS maps, videos, charts, and photos to show where mining, agriculture, stormwater, and dams have impaired macroinvertebrate, fish, and plant life, as well as DEP’s progress in addressing these impairments. DEP research on smallmouth bass is also shared.

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