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New Bay Program director has worked on water quality, Bay issues for decades

When Dana Aunkst grew up in Northcentral Pennsylvania, he didn’t have to look far from home to see water quality problems.

He grew up in Watsontown, a small community along the West Branch of the Susquehanna, one of the state’s most troubled waterways, with vast stretches rendered largely lifeless by a legacy of acid mine drainage.

Watsontown wasn’t near the worst of the problems. Still, Aunkst recalled, “the fishing at that time was limited to what we called trash fish — carp and warmwater types of fish that were pollution-tolerant.”

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