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Susquehanna River Impairment

Save Our Susquehanna buttonPublic Meetings Held to Receive Input on Proposal

Three public meetings were held to discuss the PFBC’s proposal to remove the closed season on Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass in the middle and lower Susquehanna and lower Juniata rivers, allowing anglers to practice catch-and-release fishing for the popular species from May 1 through mid-June. Under the proposal, harvesting would still be prohibited throughout the year, and tournaments would remain banned during the bass spawning period from mid-April to mid-June period, like all other waters of the Commonwealth. If approved by the Board of Commissioners on final rulemaking, the proposed changes would take effect in 2018.

April 17 – PFBC Headquarters
April 18 - Columbia Crossing River Trails Center
April 19 - Susquehanna University

Comments may be submitted online through May 10.

The Susquehanna River is sick and needs help. This is a water quality issue. If the river is officially listed as “impaired” by the state Department of Environmental Protection, then a pollution diet can be put in place. An impairment listing would not change fishing regulations. Anglers would still be permitted to fish the river.

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News stories, editorials, letters to the editor

S.O.S. - Limestone Run - Smith PropertyThe Limestone Run project in Montour and Northumberland counties is the first habitat stream improvement project funded by donations to the "S.O.S. - Save Our Susquehanna!" campaign. Five farm properties will be improved as part of the project.

Smallmouth bass with confirmed malignant tumor YOY lesions Spots on bass 

Lesions on adult bass Smallmouth with black spots  


Map of Diseased Bass Locations with Photos


12/8/16--Smallmouth Bass Sampling Data

12/16/15--PFBC Launches Save Our Susquehanna Online Fundraising Site

12/14/15--Endocrine Disruptors and Pathogens and Parasites Likely Causes for Smallmouth Bass Population Decline in Susquehanna River

5/4/15--Tests Confirm Rare Cancer Finding in Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass Sample

7/28/14--PFBC (Arway) letter to EPA (Garvin)

June 4-5, 2013--Choose Clean Water Conference - John Arway presentation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Forum May 2013

May 2013--The Susquehanna River - A Fishery in Decline--Arway, Smith, Fisheries newsletter

May 2013--Angling for Healthier Rivers--Chesapeake Bay Foundation

April 2013--Chesapeake Bay Foundation Smallmouth Bass Report

Susquehanna Summit March 2013

2/19/13--USFWS (Weber) letter to EPA (Garvin)

12/11/12--Factors affecting smallmouth bass populations in the Susquehanna River (Susquehanna River Clean-up Campaign)--John Arway

12/11/12--Update on proposed PFBC and cooperator projects for 2013 regarding smallmouth bass disease--Geoff Smith

12/11/12--Water-Quality Monitoring in Response to Young-of-Year Smallmouth Bass Mortality 2008-2010--Jeff Chaplin, USGS

September 2012--The Last Bass - Straight Talk by John Arway, PA Angler & Boater magazine

9/7/12--Factors affecting smallmouth bass populations in the Susquehanna River (Chesapeake Bay Commission)--John Arway

6/6/12--DEP Sec. Krancer response to 5/16/12 letter from retired DEP employees

5/21/12--PFBC response letter to DEP regarding draft 303(d) list

5/16/12--Letter from retired DEP employees to DEP supporting PFBC position

4/25/12--PFBC letter to Shawn Garvin, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA

4/16/12--DEP Sec. Krancer response to 4/4/12 letter from Executive Director Arway

4/4/12--Executive Director Arway letter to DEP Sec. Krancer

4/12/10--Executive Director Arway letter and Board of Commissioners resolution to Shawn Garvin, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA

PFBC Comments on Draft 2012 Pennsylvania Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report
[Supporting Data (MS Excel)]

Lycoming College Presentations May 2012

Susquehanna River Health A Legislative Briefing by John Arway April 2011