Public info meeting on Lycoming Creek re-designation reports set for 7 p.m. March 1 at Lycoming College
The Lycoming College Clean Water Institute and Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be hosting an important public information meeting on the results presented in a draft Water Quality Standards Review and Stream Evaluation Report on the Lycoming Creek watershed conducted by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The review and report contained recommendations by the DEP staff that Lycoming Creek and most of its watershed streams qualify for protection as Exceptional Value waters under state regulations.
The meeting is scheduled for March 1, 2023 at 7 p.m. in room G09 of the Heim Science Building on the Lycoming College campus. The public can park in the lot at the southeast corner of Mulberry Street and Washington Boulevard, enter through the Lynn Science Building, and take the elevator down to the ground floor.
Register now for 2023 Quiz & Cuisine Susquehanna-focused trivia night set for April 21 at Montour Preserve
Based on the success from last year's event of the same name, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is hosting its second annual Quiz & Cuisine event at the Montour Preserve educational center on Friday, April 21, 2023, from 6-8:30 p.m.
The event, designed as a way to mark the Earth Day weekend, will feature a trivia night competitions using questions pulled from numerous interesting facts and stats related to the Susquehanna River.
Walleye sample taken near Sunbury among several regional datapoints that illustrate worldwide PFAS issue
A 2013 sample taken from a walleye fish in the Susquehanna River near Sunbury contained 29,959 parts per trillion (ppt) of combined PFAS – one of the highest concentrations of this emerging contaminant otherwise known as “forever chemicals” in Pennsylvania per a recently released worldwide study featured via an interactive online map.
The study, a combined analysis of more than 100 recent peer-reviewed studies, detected more than 120 unique PFAS compounds in more than 330 wildlife species across the world – not just the legacy forever chemicals PFOA and PFOS.
Nearly a year ago, in April, a Houston, Texas, company announced plans to invest more than $1 billion into a plastics processing plant along the banks of the Susquehanna River near Northumberland.
Encina plans to process approximately 450,000 tons of plastic waste at the facility – those plastics being shipped in from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and other nearby metropolitan hubs to the banks of our river. The goal is to process the plastic waste in the presence of very high heat and a proprietary catalyst to produce chemicals that can be used to make new plastic items.
Environmental education train-the-trainer program seeks high school junior/senior applicants by Feb. 28
Current high school juniors and seniors with interest in potentially pursuing environmental education opportunities after graduation are encouraged to apply for the inaugural Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper EELS (Environmental Education Leadership for Students) program.
"Thanks to a growing number of new partnerships, we have additional opportunities to share important environmental education with children and families in various smaller community venues across the watershed," said Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper John Zaktansky. "By engaging the next generation of potential educators and helping them build confidence and providing the tools they need to be successful, we are in a much better position to meet the needs of the community and raise critical awareness about our natural resources."
Study shows 'significant' increase in mercury in crayfish, hellgrammite samples as you head north on river
A study from Dr. Brian Mangan and his students at the King's College has found a concerning trend of mercury levels in crayfish and hellgrammite samples collected in the Susquehanna River.
“We found mercury in samples at every site we collected at, but the really interesting thing was that there is a significant increasing trend in mercury as you work from lower in the river to the north,” said Mangan. “Our lowest it was about 20 miles north of Harrisburg and we sampled at different locations upriver to almost the New York border.”
According to Mangan, the concentrations of mercury double from the lowest sampling site (Halifax) to the site where samples were collected farthest north (Wysox).
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.