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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Biden Administration could offer new hope in Susquehanna River cleanup

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(WBNG) -- With a change in administration at the White House, environmental advocates with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation say they're looking forward to investments toward a cleaner future.

For people here in New York and Pennsylvania, it could mean less contamination in our rivers and better drinking water.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Federal Executive Director Jason Rano says there's still a ways to go in cleaning up the Susquehanna River and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.

"You have more sediment because of climate change going into the Susquehanna or other waterways. That impacts watermen on the bay, that impacts farmers in New York and Pennsylvania," said Rano.

He points to investing in infrastructure aimed at protecting the environment, like improved wastewater treatment facilities, as one of the key ways to cut down on contaminants in the rivers.

Rano says while funding is top priority, leadership can be just as important. "We had four consecutive presidential budgets that sought to either zero or severely slash the budget for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program," he told 12 News.

He explained Congress didn't let that happen, but they look forward to being on the same page in the next administration as President Biden has already begun signing executive actions to reverse the Trump administration's environmental policies.

"We're looking at environmental, we're looking at human health, and we're looking at the economy all of those things are tied together when we're talking about clean water and a restored bay," said Rano.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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