State park's Kury Point dedicated via ceremony for Franklin Kury, father of Environmental Rights Amendment
On Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) officially dedicated Kury Point at the Shikellamy Marina near Sunbury in honor of former state Senator and representative Franklin Kury.
Kury, who grew up along the banks of the Susquehanna River in Sunbury, is considered the "father" of Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment, helping push through the bi-partisan effort with wide-ranging support 50 years ago.
Pete Allison, an associate professor in Penn State University's Recreation, Park & Tourism Management Department, spends lots of time canoeing the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, taking students and others out into our nature to help them connect and learn from our natural resources.
In our newest episode of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Podcast, he shares what that process looks like, what he has experienced in helping connect others to our river and his observation of our natural resources as someone who has lived elsewhere in the world but now calls our watershed his home.
Riverkeeper Podcast series marks anniversary by looking back at 47 episodes, shared passion for river
On Aug. 19, 2020, as the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association searched for new ways to engage and educate people across an 11,000-square-mile watershed while mindfully navigating through the uncertainties of a pandemic, we published our first podcast conversation.
Dr. David Lieb, an aquatic biologist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, chatted with Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper John Zaktansky about the invasive rusty crayfish and its impact on the greater Susquehanna River Basin.
In the year since, we have produced 47 episodes with a combined runtime of 704 minutes (11.7 hours) chatting with a wide variety of people who share a passion for our river-based resources.
Reflections from River Festival 2021: Connections create a vested interest in species, efforts to protect river
“Is that some sort of alligator?”
The asker – a 20-something-year-old young man wearing a Brooklyn Nets jersey – hesitated several yards from the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association table at last weekend’s Sunbury River Festival before asking a follow-up question.
“Is it alive?”
Aug. 17 Floating Classroom offered a historical account of people who depended on the river's resources
More than 60 people participated in the Aug. 17, 2021, "History Aboard the Hiawatha" Floating Classroom session, featuring historian John Moore as "Susquehanna Jack" and musician Gary Gyekis as "Swampfoot."
Podcast: Wild Trout Man Dr. Joseph Simons III on fly fishing, conservation and educating others via his video program Series
Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association Board Vice President Dr. Joseph Simons III -- who is also the board president of the Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation -- shares in the newest episode of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Podcast about his efforts as Wild Trout Man to educate others about the importance of fly fishing, conservation and protecting our natural resources.
The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is offering an additional Floating Classroom session aboard the Hiawatha Paddleboat near Williamsport, open to the public, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 9:45-10:45 a.m. focused on bird species that frequent the river, wetlands and other regional waterways.
Dan Brauning, from the Lycoming County Audubon Society, will offer a presentation on these species on the lower level of the Hiawatha Paddleboat, and volunteers from the society will conduct a bird watching/identification experience on the upper level of the boat as it travels along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
Late in 2020, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association (MSRKA) started accepting original songs inspired by the Susquehanna River and its tributaries for "Songs of the Susquehanna," a project designed to safely engage and educate people about the river while promoting the region's diverse pool of talented musicians.
On Saturday, Sept. 25, from 6-8 p.m., the MSRKA will celebrate the success of that project via a benefit concert aboard the Hiawatha Paddleboat near Williamsport featuring six artists involved with the inaugural effort -- William Ryan, Johanna Kodlick, Don Shappelle, Hannah Bingman, Gary Gyekis and Steve Hulslander.
Aug. 10 Floating Classroom session focused on common fish species and the threats they face in our region
"I boarded the Hiawatha knowing very little about the fish species in our area, and left knowing quite a bit," admitted one mother via an exit survey after the Tuesday, Aug. 10, Floating Classroom session aboard the Hiawatha Paddleboat near Williamsport.
The program, provided via the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, included two presentations -- an upper-level look at warmer water species via taxidermy mounts and discussion led by Montour Preserve naturalist Jon Beam, and a cold-water focus via Fish and Boat Commission Waterway Conservation Officer Darrell Miller on the lower level of the Hiawatha.
Podcast: Watershed association makes big impact along Moshannon Creek past year, just getting started
Considered by some expert to be the largest source of acidity and metal contamination along the Susquehanna River's West Branch, the Moshannon Creek has seen a number of improvements over the past year since the formation of the Moshannon Creek Watershed Association.
The group's president, Eric Skrivseth, and vice-president Eric Rosengrant share their story in the newest episode of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Podcast, including how they adopted six treatment facilities via the PA Game Commission and are working to refurbish them, what they've found along each stretch of the waterway and what their plans are for future endeavors, including how the community can get involved.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.