Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Fish and Boat President to Focus on Safety, Susquehanna

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Fish and Boat President to Focus on Safety, Susquehanna

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Boating safety and Susquehanna clean-up will rank high on the agenda following last week's election of Steven Ketterer as president of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

A Harrisburg resident, owner of a rescue-products company and current chief of the Harrisburg River Rescue team, Ketterer was appointed the agency's boating-at-large commissioner in 2007. He will serve a one-year term as commission president.

"In the last four years we've come a long way in boating safety, especially getting mandatory education for personal watercraft, and voting to approve mandatory life jackets in cold water," he said. "We have mandatory education for boat owners born after 1982 -- personally I would like to see mandatory education for all boat operators. That would be up to the legislature [but] we could get the ball rolling -- I don't see that happening in the near future."

A Harrisburg boater who still docks on the Susquehanna, Ketterer said he'll continue Fish and Boat's call for state Department of Environmental Protection to list the river as "high priority impaired water," a status that would warrant federal Environmental Protection Agency involvement. Mitigating the agricultural runoff largely responsible for the Susquehanna River's sorry state would likely be costly to farmers.

"But I honestly believe if we can get that river cleaned up in five years, anglers would be very happy with us and recreational tourist dollars would come in," he said.

During his term as president, said Ketterer, he would like the agency to continue enforcing Marcellus Shale regulations and be creative in offering new licensing packages.


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