As things shut down amidst the coronavirus situation, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is planning a series of informational videos over the days and weeks to come. The first looks at what a watershed is and how we can have a huge ripple effect within the Middle Susquehanna watershed.
Scabs laced the knuckles of the two bruised hands tightly gripping the cork handle of an open-reeled, lightweight fishing rod – big hands belonging to a mountain of a teenage boy traumatized by a life of abuse, abandonment and bouts of uncontrollable anger.
One hand could easily handle the rod, but Jimmy clutched tightly with two, white knuckles contrasting the dark maroon scabs.
If concern over the health of the Susquehanna River within the Middle Susquehanna watershed was graded on a test, it would be rocking a B+ average -- and that isn't necessarily a good thing.
Eight years ago, my daughter Paige had her first experience in a kayak. She was equal parts excited and nervous, but within minutes was paddling all over the small lake at our family's campground near New Columbia, PA. The opportunity opened a whole new world of exploration and remains of our favorite ways to spend time on a warm summer's day
As Riverkeeper, my passion is to protect and promote the region's water-based resources, and I need your help. The upcoming 30-hour fundraising blitz known as Raise the Region starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, and runs through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 12.
“Dad, look, a bald eagle!”
My daughter’s announcement while we returned to our home along the Penns Creek jolted me out of a mental fog – an internal debate session where I weighed the pros and cons of an impending life-changing decision with long-reaching implications for my family.
“I don’t see it,” I replied while blinking and refocusing to where she was pointing.
Twenty-nine students from Clearfield and Clarion-based homeschool groups representing preschool, elementary, middle and high school grade levels participated on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in a Connecting with West Branch Communities presentation on water pollution issues within the greater West Branch watershed.
The program, held at the Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library in Clearfield, was presented by the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association with support by Dominion Energy and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. It involved an overview of how pollution gets into our waterways and used a hands-on Enviroscape model to illustrate numerous point-source and non-point-source pollution issues.
PA Fish & Boat Commission Susquehanna River Biologist Geoff Smith will offer a presentation on March 11 in Williamsport to discuss the research findings and status of the health of the Susquehanna River's fisheries, including the concerns over fluctuations in the smallmouth bass and other species populations.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.