Susquehanna River focus of Federal partnership


Featuring the Susquehanna River, the largest river system in the Pennsylvania Highlands, the Department of Interior has just released projects that the Federal Government will focus on in the coming months and years.  See a map of the projects and learn more in the press release.  As part of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, the project highlighted on the Lower Susquehanna compliments the PA DCNR’s Conservation Landscape Initiative program to build partnerships, which advance common conservation and recreation goals.  Enhancing the connections between the Nationally designed Susquehanna River Water Trail, land-based trails in Lancaster and York counties, and the river communities along the greenway, will bring economic development, community sustainability and conservation stewardship.  The Susquehanna River was listed as the #1 most endangered river in 2011 because of the threats posed by natural gas development in its headwaters.  Additionally the River contributes about half of the freshwater that enters the Chesapeake Bay, which is facing serious ecological challenges from sediment and nutrients in the water.  AMC is excited that the Susquehanna River, connecting from the PA Highlands near Harrisburg, south to the Maryland border will be the focus the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative moving forward and looks forward to working with all stakeholders on enhancing conservation and recreation in the region.  
Susquehanna River - photo courtesy of DCNR
 

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