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 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The state Department of Environmental Resources (DER) has scheduled six meetings to hear Pennsylvanians' ideas and concerns for reducing nutrients that flow from the state into the Chesapeake Bay.
 Half the fresh water that enters the bay comes from the Susquehanna River. In the upper bay, the Susquehanna accounts for 90 percent.
 In 1987, Gov. Robert P. Casey signed the Chesapeake Bay Agreement, pledging the state's efforts in stopping pollution of the bay. He is a member of the Bay Program Executive Council, which forms the group's policy.
 In 1992, the council began drawing up plans to reduce the nutrients entering the bay by 40 percent by the year 2000. The emphasize reducing nutrients in the waterways that flow into the bay.
 High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus flowing into the bay have caused algae to grow excessively and choke out other plant and animal species.
 In October 1992, the executive council set nutrient reduction goals for each tributary of the bay. Pennsylvania and other states in the bay program must develop a strategy for meeting those goals by August 1993. The strategies will determine how reductions are to be achieved.
 The council requires public participation in the planning for how those goals will be met.
 The bay council's plan calls for an annual reduction of 18.3 million pounds of nitrogen and 2.22 million pounds of phosphorus from the Susquehanna River.
 Nitrogen flowing into the Potomac River is to be reduced by 18.7 million pounds annually and phosphorus by 1.71 million pounds. Only a few Potomac River tributaries are in Pennsylvania and the state's share of the reduction goal has not been set.
 Members of the Chesapeake Executive Council, who direct the program, are Casey; Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer; Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder; Washington, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly; Pennsylvania State Representative Jeffrey Coy, chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission; and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Carol Browner.
 DER along with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will hold the six public meetings to get ideas and comments from the public.
 For an information packet on the nutrient reduction strategy contact Cindy Dunn at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay at 717-236-8825.
 The following is a list of meeting dates and locations:
 JUNIATA RIVER SUB-BASIN, March 3, 7 p.m., Juniata Co. Courthouse Mifflintown, Juniata County;
 MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA SUB-BASIN, March 8, 7 p.m., Dauphin Co. Agriculture Center, Middle Paxton Township., Dauphin County;
 LOWER SUSQUEHANNA SUB-BASIN, March 17, 7 p.m., Lancaster Farm & Home Center Manheim Township, Lancaster County;
 WEST BRANCH SUSQUEHANNA SUB-BASIN, March 24, 7 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium, Williamsport, Lycoming County;
 NORTH BRANCH SUSQUEHANNA SUB-BASIN, March 31, 7 p.m., Woodlands Convention Center, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County;
 POTOMAC RIVER SUB-BASIN, April 8, 7 p.m., Chambersburg Recreation Center, Chambersburg, Franklin County
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 /CONTACT: Susan Rickens of the DER, 717-787-1323/

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