|Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Dr.
Douglas J. Austen today urged citizens to vote “Yes” on Election Day for a $400 million referendum to help upgrade
the Commonwealth’s aging wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.
“Statewide, nutrient pollution from
old facilities compromises local and downstream water quality and combines with other factors like low
flows and high temperatures to stress game and non-game species of fish, amphibians, mollusks and reptiles,” said
Dr. Austen. “While
we have made strides in curbing many sources of impairments to our waterways, wastewater systems that
are past their service life or in need of repair pose significant threats to the long-term viability of Pennsylvania’s
and boating are big business across the country and in Pennsylvania. According to the most recent figures
from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, anglers spent $42 billion nationwide in 2006.
“In the Commonwealth,
close to one million anglers spent nearly $1.3 billion in 2006 as they enjoyed the incredible fishing
opportunities afforded by our lakes, rivers and streams,” Dr. Austen said. “Residents and tourists enjoy
some of the finest and most diverse fishing in the nation, adding to the quality of life, offering wonderful
recreation, fueling local economies, and positively impacting all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.”
support for the measure, Dr. Austen said, “Fish cannot vote, but anglers and boaters can. By voting ‘Yes’ for
the Clean Water Referendum on November 4, every Pennsylvanian who values clean water will be investing
in our future and helping to protect and improve the waterways that make Pennsylvania such a special
place to live, work and visit.”
mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources
and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania,
please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.