The new 2017 “S.O.S. – Save Our Susquehanna” button will be available for purchase beginning June 1. A fishing license is required to purchase the $10 button and all profits from the button sales will go to fund the campaign.
The PFBC launched its campaign in 2015 and announced that a portion of license sales and proceeds from the button would be dedicated to funding water and soil conservation projects along the Susquehanna River, whose young Smallmouth Bass population has been plagued by illness and elevated mortality rates.
To date, more than $81,000 has been donated and the PFBC has contributed $50,000 in matching funds. Last year the first S.O.S. project was started, which involves making improvements to five farm properties along Limestone Run in Montour and Northumberland counties.
The PFBC will commit another $50,000 in matching funds when donations reach $100,000.
Fishing licenses and buttons can be purchased online through the PFBC’s Outdoor Shop or at any of 900 licensing agents across the Commonwealth. Donations can also be sent by check to S.O.S. – Save Our Susquehanna, PFBC, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106.