Susquehanna River Rally Calls for Clean Water
Organizations join together for upcoming event in Harrisburg
June 13, 2017 – Harrisburg, Pa. – Conservation, recreation and preservation organizations and activists are joining together for a Susquehanna River Rally on Saturday, June 17 in Harrisburg to create a mass call for clean water funding as state budget negotiations commence.
There is a water crisis in Pennsylvania, and a united voice of citizens is needed to inspire and enact change at the state level. State elected officials have failed to protect the water we drink by failing to protect our waters and streams, and as a result, Pennsylvania ranks third — behind Texas and Florida — for most reported drinking water safety violations.
On Saturday, June 17 — before the start of crucial state budget negotiations — participants will wave paddles and rally signs from kayaks and canoes with the state capitol as our backdrop. As we urge our state legislators and Governor Wolf’s administration to prioritize clean water, we’ll have a raffle, music and a river paddling.
The health of the Susquehanna River, part of the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail (America’s first water trail) and the source of drinking water for more than 6 million people, is threatened by animal waste and eroding soils. The river attracts locals and visitors from near and far and is a vital resource to our communities and a boon to our local economies.
WHAT: Susquehanna River Rally: Paddles & Signs in the Air!
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: City Island, Harrisburg, PA 17101 – Beach House Area
WHO: National Parks and Conservation Association, PennFuture, Choose Clean Water Coalition, The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition, Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Society, The Conservation Fund, Susquehanna Heritage, clean water activists and PA tap water drinkers.
Kayaks and canoes are generously provided by Susquehanna Outfitters, based in Wormleysburg, but
participants are encouraged to bring their own kayak or canoe, if they own them.
Special thanks to the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society for their generous donation of voyage passes to The Pride of the Susquehanna and to the Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Socity for their donation of Hershey Park passes to be given away during the event.
Participants are also encouraged to bring a personalized, nonpartisan rally sign advocating for clean
water protections and funding.
About the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition
The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition is the largest coalition of conservation, recreation, and preservation organizations in the Commonwealth. The Coalition’s mission is to enhance the health and economic well-being of communities across the Commonwealth by advocating for funding to conserve, protect and restore land, water and wildlife; to preserve farms and historic places, and to provide well- managed parks and recreational areas throughout the state. Established in 2008, the Coalition comprises local, regional and statewide conservation, recreation and preservation groups. For more information, visit www.PaGrowingGreener.org.