The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 13, 2013

Susquehanna River commission issues report

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — The Susquehanna River Basin Commission says a lack of reliable funding for stream gauges is the greatest threat to monitoring the resource.

The report issued Wednesday says the overall health of the Susquehanna River basin is improving, but there are some problem areas.

More than 2,000 miles of streams are polluted by mine drainage, and smallmouth bass in the lower region are suffering from increasing levels of disease. The cause of that isn't known. Drinking water protection is also a concern in some areas.

The commission says important data on the 49,000 miles of rivers and streams in the basin comes from a network of gauges, but funding for many of those was lost in 2011. The gauges are used to predict flooding and pollutant levels.