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Yaw elected chairman of tri-state Chesapeake Bay Commission

State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, has become the new chairman of the tri-state Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC) for 2020.

Yaw is the first member and chairman of the CBC to have a legislative district that covers the northernmost part of the watershed to the New York border.

As chairman, he will oversee the policy making efforts of the 21-member Commission, whose members are senators and house members from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, along with heads of the natural resources agencies, and a citizen from each member state.

“We all want to have and protect clean water in our streams and the residents of my district work very hard at being good stewards of our resources,” Yaw said. “Being a member of the Commission for a number of years, and now chairman, along with my northern tier roots, gives me a good understanding of where we need to target our clean-up efforts for the Bay, most of which begins south of Harrisburg.”

Yaw said his intent is to have the Commission continue to focus attention on the Susquehanna River watershed, the single-largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay supplying over 50 percent of the freshwater flowing into the Bay.

Yaw’s 23rd Senate District, consisting of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, includes both the North Branch and the West Branch of the Susquehanna.

Yaw has served as a member of the CBC since 2014, most recently serving as chair of the Pennsylvania delegation.

He takes over leadership from Maryland Senate Democratic Majority Leader, Senator Guy J. Guzzone.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission is a policy leader in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. As a tri-state legislative body that advises the legislative branch of state government, its mission is to identify critical environmental needs, evaluate public concerns, and ensure state and federal actions to sustain the living resources of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Commission works directly with the state general assemblies and the U.S. Congress and serves as the legislative branch of the Chesapeake Bay Program.

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