HARRISBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture), the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), will hold a public discussion on the impact of our changing climate on the Susquehanna River generally, and on smallmouth bass specifically, on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m. at the Riverside Pavilion on Harrisburg’s City Island.
The evening’s featured speakers are:
- Andy Shiels, deputy director for field operations, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission;
- George Jugovic Jr., president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture);
- Rev. Sandy Strauss, director of advocacy, Pennsylvania Council of Churches; and
- Ed Perry, outreach coordinator, National Wildlife Federation.
In addition to the discussion, those attending the event will enjoy ice cream, sodas, and snacks. This event is free, although donations are certainly welcome. RSVP at www.pennfuture.org/bass or call 717-214-7934.
Attendees may continue the evening with the speakers and organizers at the 7 p.m. Harrisburg Senators’ baseball game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Tickets are available at the discounted PennFuture rate of $8 for box seats by contacting the Senators at 717-231-4444 ext 114; ask for Jessica.
Since 2005, smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna having been dying off. And these fish kills are accelerating as our state experiences record hot temperatures year round. Everything from Prozac to fertilizer to chicken manure has been blamed for causing the repeated kills, but the fact is, the dying started in the hottest year of the hottest decade on record. Climate change appears to be the final blow for smallmouth bass and the Susquehanna.
PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization, founded in 1998. PennFuture’s activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state, and federal courts; advocating and advancing legislative action on a state and federal level; public education; and assisting citizens in public advocacy.
PennFuture has staff throughout the state, in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre. The Philadelphia Inquirer called PennFuture the “state’s leading environmental advocacy organization;” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named the organization “one of the 10 most influential groups on the issue of natural gas drilling;” and StateImpact Pennsylvania, an online collaboration of NPR stations across the state, called PennFuture “the commonwealth’s main environmental advocate.”