Do we wait for the river to die to call it ill?

Do we wait for the river to die to call it ill
BY JOHN MESSEDER

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission issued a report on the river this week, with a call for more reliable funding of its assigned data collection program.

“The Commission’s goal is to make water resources information and data available to the public and let that data speak for themselves, not to rate or rank conditions,” said SRBC Executive Director Paul Swartz.
The SRBC was established by Congress in 1971 in a compact that included New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland – respectively from the headwaters of the 444-mile watercourse to its ending in the Chesapeake Bay. The commission, based in Harrisburg, is charged with keeping track of the waterway, and determining how much water actually is available for use by consumers along its banks.

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