Smallmouth Bass on the Susquehanna River Featured in February’s “Environmental Focus”

Contact: Alex Oltmanns
Date: Feb. 19, 2016
Phone: (412) 481-9400
Email: [email protected]

Pittsburgh – With the start of fishing season upcoming, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission estimates that as many as 75 percent of the smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River are affected by hazardous conditions that make them an unsuitable catch for sportsmen.

This month’s edition of “Environmental Focus,” the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s (PEC) monthly environmental affairs television program, takes an in-depth look at the root of this problem and what can be done to remedy the issue.

The show will air on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m., and will include featured guest John Arway, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the person tasked with addressing the problem.

Bass roundtable discussion
A roundtable discussion will follow John Arway’s interview.

Following Arway’s interview, a roundtable discussion will be led by Harry Campbell of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Susquehanna River Fishing Guide Rod Bates of the Koinonia Guide Service, and Davitt Woodwell, President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

Previous editions of “Environmental Focus” have featured topics such as outdoor recreation on Pennsylvania’s waterways, Pennsylvania’s capital budget, the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce, and the Delaware River Conservation Program with guests such as Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary John Quigley, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, Andrew Johnson of the William Penn Foundation, and more.

To view past episodes of “Environmental Focus,” click here.

About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Founded in 1970, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is the leading environmental organization in the state, and was instrumental in the passage of nearly every major piece of legislation and regulatory initiative affecting clean air, clean water, land use and conservation, hazardous materials, and other major public policy actions since that time. Today, the organization is heavily engaged in a number of critical initiatives surrounding the development of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, trail and green space development, green energy and climate change programs, water quality, and watershed protection projects.

PEC serves the entire state with programs and staff spanning the Commonwealth.


About the Pennsylvania Cable Network

PCN (the Pennsylvania Cable Network) is a Government-access television cable television network dedicated to 24-hour coverage of government and public affairs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It features live coverage of both Houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as well as other forms of informational and educational programming.

The bulk of PCN’s operations are located in Harrisburg, the Commonwealth capital, but it also has bureaus in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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