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Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Plan for Pennsylvania's Major Rivers

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) has put together a draft management plan fro each or its three major river systems.  This is good news for a state who is said to have more miles of streams and creeks than any other state in the lower forty-eight.  Now, for the first time, Pennsylvania proposes to manage each major river system separately instead of simply lumping them in with the rest.

The unique challenges and environments of these rivers that ultimately feed such diverse habitats as the Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico need to have their own individual management plan and it's good news the PFBC has recognized this and stepped up to the challenge.

The commission has put together a draft management on each of these rivers, the Delaware, Susquehanna, and the Three Rivers in the western part of the state.  These three western rivers, the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela.  The Allegheny and Monogahela join to form the Ohio and their interrelationship in fisheries and historic use lend itself to treat these rivers as one.

The Management Plans for these rivers can be found online on the PFBC website at the following links:

Delaware River Management Plan

Susquehanna River Management Plan

Three Rivers Management Plan

Public comments are encouraged on each of this plans and the commission provides a convenient online form for this purpose at the end of each plan proposal.

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