How winter storms, road salt and increasing salinity in our creeks and river impact our aquatic resources
Last winter, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation applied 12.3 million gallons of salt-based brine to the state’s roadways and has spread an average of 807,766 tons of rock salt a year over the last five winters.
“They are just one entity that spreads road salt in Pennsylvania, but there is a comparable amount of additional road salt spread by municipal and private entities,” said Ben Lorson, Watershed Analysis Section Chief for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. “When someone says road salt, you think PennDOT, but it is just one part of a larger problem.”
That problem, Lorson added, is closely tied to bigger issue – increased salinization of our freshwater resources across the state.
The most recent addition to the growing Board of Directors for the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, Kelly Caudle has a lifelong passion for our aquatic ecosystem sparked as a child by family trips to various waterways.
She appreciates the sheer number of waterways and experiences the region has to offer, along with the diverse variety of species you can enjoy locally. A member of the R.B. Winter Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Caudle is committed to protecting our natural resources and inspiring others to do the same.
Musicians offer songwriting advice ahead of Songs of the Susquenanna Jan. 31, 2022, submisson deadline
The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association’s second annual Songs of the Susquehanna program is accepting original songs inspired by the river, its tributaries and the aquatic resources that depend on them through Jan. 31, 2022.
“This songwriting event is the perfect motivation to breathe life into your songwriting ideas that may be sitting on the shelf, waiting for the right moment to shine,” said Johanna Kodlick, who submitted the song “Return to Blue” in last year’s program.
“The sense of community surrounding this project is warm and embracing, so it is a safe place to allow your talents to unfold. You never know what residual benefits you may experience by just taking the leap.”
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.