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Keeping Fields Fertile Without Muddying the Waters

September 12, 2008

Lewisburg, PA - Pennsylvanians are coming together to keep the fields fertile and the waters clean. The third annual Susquehanna Symposium today at Bucknell University will gather farmers, lawmakers, scientists and the community to discuss environmental issues facing agriculture and the Susquehanna River.

Matt Earhart, with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, says it's a complex topic, with a goal to balance the region's agricultural tradition with the river's long-term health.

"We will talk about the issues around environment and of integrating it into how we live and work and eat in our communities and small towns."

Earhart says the message this weekend will center on the great gains that have been made in keeping Pennsylvania's water clean, while acknowledging plenty of work still remains.

"We're constantly struggling with the reality that we've come an awfully long way, and we've got an awfully long way to go."

The Susquehanna symposium runs through Saturday and will feature appearances by Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolfe, U.S. Congressman Chris Carney, Susquehanna River Basin Commission director Paul Swartz and Pennsylvania Representative Russ Fairchild, among others.

Eric Mack/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - PA