The complicated political copout:
“I think it’s absolutely fair to say, at this moment in time, we can’t pin down exactly what’s causing the problems with the small mouth bass. You shouldn’t have specific species in a river that has those type of lesions or that type of open sore. The notes right now coming out of Virginia are the fish population is on its way to repairing itself. So that this could be just a natural cycle....”
-- Kelly Heffner, Deputy Secretary for Water Management, speaking in the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection video posted at this January 17, 2014 Harrisburg, Pa. Patriot-News site:http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/01/susquehanna_river_study_featur.html
The simple truth:
The problems are obvious if you talk to any fisheries biologist. There's an assorted array of ingredients being put into our waterways each day that are affecting the fish....
And if you think this is only affecting fish, think again. Many municipalities draw their water supplies from this same open sewer.
-- From a comment left by PeCo44 following the op-ed, “Susquehanna River clearly needs help,” by John Arway, executive director of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission, at this April 27, 2012 Harrisburg Patriot-News site:http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2012/04/susquehanna_river_clearly_need.html
The serious -- and enormous -- problem:
One of the longest rivers in America, the Susquehanna River provides ... drinking water to six million people.
-- From this current Pennsylvania Sierra Club site:http://pennsylvania.sierraclub.org/PA_Chapter_2008/Press%20Releases/Susquehanna_MER2011_FactSheet_04282011.pdf