The Susquehanna River Needs Help Now

Smallmouth Bass in the Lower Susquehanna

Diseased and dying smallmouth bass have been turning up in the Susquehanna River since 2005. In what was once a world-class bass fishery, fish continue to bear sores and lesions. Researchers have been finding intersex fish—adult male bass with female eggs in their testes.

CBF, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and other organizations have been urging the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to prioritize the health of the Lower Susquehanna and commit to a sound plan to help restore it. Listing the 98-mile stretch of the river from Sunbury to the Maryland state line as an impaired water body on the federal 303(d) Impaired Waters list would help. But... (continued below map)

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...despite acknowledging that emerging contaminants such as endocrine disrupting compounds and herbicides are in the river and a major concern, the DEP did not address the threat to the Susquehanna's smallmouth bass, and did not recommend an impairment listing for the river's aquatic life.

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