Protecting streams

In early December the satte House will likely vote on a controversial bill (HB 1576) affecting the designation of Pennsylvania’s streams and threatened and endangered species. Having read the criticisms of this bill, I urge your readers to also learn more about this proposed legislation and to then contact their representatives.

Pennsylvania’s streams and threatened and endangered species should be designated by PA’s scientists working in the field for DCNR, the Fish and Boat Commission, and related agencies.

The Commonwealth needs to protect our ecosystems based on the science-based assessments of these departments and agencies who are charged with that responsibility and who are most capable of objectively monitoring the health and viability of such systems.

What may seem inconsequential to the ordinary citizen, or needlessly disruptive to those with plans for development or extraction of resources, may be tremendously important in the long run. The health of our forests and streams should be entrusted to the experts who regularly observe them and document their findings.

Decisions on actions of the present should be balanced with consideration for future consequences. The opponents of HB 1576 are many and include the PA Council of Trout Unlimited, the National Audubon Society, the PA Environmental Council, the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, and the Keystone Trail Association.

Mary Anne Heston

Hector Township, Potter County

Submitted by E-Mail