Large tufts of off-white shaving cream floated down Penns Creek in sporadic clumps. They darted around exposed rocks, swirling briefly in a whirlpool within an eddy line before being sucked into the main current and swiftly carried farther downstream.
Of course, the foamy clusters were not shaving cream, but seemed equally out of place on the creek. It is no surprise that since my acceptance of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper position, no water-based phenomenon has led to more calls and emails from watershed residents than foam on the water.
In our next Study the Susquehanna video series installment, we look at the phenomenon of foam on our creeks and rivers. When it is natural? How does it form, and when is it a sign of pollution that should be reported? Check out our new video!
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.