Marc Yaggi, the executive director for the international Waterkeeper Alliance, was raised on the banks of the Loyalsock Creek within the Middle Susquehanna Watershed.
In this week's podcast episode, he shares his story from playing in local waterways to overseeing a global movement to confront pollution and take back our water-based resources. He shares the background of the Waterkeeper Alliance movement and why it is so important to get involved at the local level.
How low is the water table within our river and extended network of tributaries?
"The water is about as low as I ever have seen it," said Ken Maurer, owner of Southside Bait and Tackle in Sunbury and longtime river fishing guide. "The boating is limited -- I cracked a well on my boat this year for only the second time in 16 years. Navigating with a jet boat is even really difficult right now. A lot of people wrecked their boats this year."
It can be hard to explain the sensation felt in the pit of one's stomach while standing on the somewhat slick, muddy ledge overlooking the 94-foot drop-off of the Ganoga waterfall found along the Ricketts Glen State Park's popular Falls Trail.
No guard rail. No safety net. Just a potential eight-plus-story plunge into an unforgiving rock-strewn chasm carved by Ganoga Glen not far before it empties into the Kitchen Creek.
Ricketts Glen State Park offers an unforgettable hiking experience on trails that run along 22 named waterfalls of various heights -- a scene that becomes even more breathtaking in the midst of the fall foliage season.
A member of the governor's advisory council for hunting, fishing and conservation, Jolene Connelly also engages people via kayaking, hunter/trapper education and other ventures. She talks on trends in the aquatic ecosystem and value of the outdoors.