Executive Director's Message
Summer 2020: News & Views from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission!
The publication of this quarter’s newsletter, occurs as SRBC staff completes a three and a half month stint of remote operations, with more on the horizon. Our situation is of course not unique, and I’m extremely grateful for staff’s resiliency in transitioning to working mostly from home and for the support of our commissioners in ensuring that we continue our important work despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like the flow of the Susquehanna River itself, the need for management of our critical water resources doesn’t pause for even a short amount of time. We have been working diligently over the past quarter to advance monitoring and restoration efforts, implement beneficial new policies, uphold commitments to partners and the public, and maintain oversight of proposed and operating water use projects. You’ll read about several of these efforts in the pages that follow.
As we enter the summer season, when we typically focus our efforts to attend public forums, floats, river festivals and other outlets that allow us to interact with our fellow watershed residents, it’s increasingly clear that such opportunities will be limited in 2020. We have a responsibility to provide information to the public regarding their watersheds and water resources, and we’re exploring options for creating and making available digitally information about our studies and other initiatives, primarily through our website. Please check in with us frequently for new content, and don’t hesitate to offer suggestions on topics and forums you would find useful!
In the meantime, I invite you to take a virtual tour of the Capital Area Greenbelt Fort Hunter Connector Trail Expansion Project to see the newly installed podium signs developed by SRBC staff in conjunction with the Dauphin County Commissioners and the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department.
Andrew D. Dehoff, P.E.