Pennsylvanians are debating whether the
The commission made the request in April out of concern over die-offs of juvenile smallmouth bass, outbreaks of disease and sores appearing on juvenile and adult bass and the incidence of intersex bass - males with egg-bearing characteristics.
"The river is in trouble. Sick fish mean we have a sick river," said John Arway, head of the fish commission, Lancaster Online reported.
A fish commission biologist also noted the river suffers from low dissolved oxygen, high pH and contaminants including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, pesonal care products and flame retardants.
But Michael Krancer, secretary of environmental protection, opposes the listing, Lancaster Online reports. In a letter replying to the fish commission, Krancer wrote that the "facts and science" don't warrant declaring the river impaired.
"Since we do not know what the stressor (is) to fish at this point," Krancer said, "there is nothing to appropriately or with factual support impair the river for."