|Posted:||February 25, 2014 09:33 AM|
|From:||Representative Mark Painter|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Resolution Recognizing the Selection of the Schuylkill River as Pennsylvania’s 2014 River of the Year|
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution recognizing the selection of the Schuylkill River as Pennsylvania’s 2014 River of the Year.
Every year since 1983, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has coordinated a program to select Pennsylvania’s River of the Year. This annual recognition has helped raise awareness of the important role we as individuals, and collectively as a society, can play in maintaining and improving the beauty and viability of Pennsylvania’s waterways. The Schuylkill River has received the honor of being named Pennsylvania’s 2014 River of the Year.
In the mid-20th century, the Schuylkill River was one of the nation’s dirtiest rivers because it served as a depository for factory effluent, raw sewage, and waste from the coal mining industry. Thanks to the Commonwealth’s Schuylkill River Project and other public and private stewardship efforts, the health of the river has improved markedly over the past seven decades. Today, it serves as a recreational destination for boaters and anglers from around the state and as a drinking water source for nearly 1.5 million people.
Please join me in celebrating this success story by co-sponsoring this resolution recognizing the selection of the Schuylkill River as Pennsylvania’s 2014 River of the Year.
Introduced as HR734