Nearly 50 people joined the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association's July 18, 2023, Floating Classroom aboard the Hiawatha Paddleboat in Williamsport.
The cruise featured two unique presentations ... one on emerging river contaminant PFAS and the other focused on plants in terms of hydroponics, aquaponics and sustainable growing techniques.
On the lower level, USGS biologist Vicki Blazer shared general info about PFAS, where they come from, what dangers they pose and ways to address the problem. She talked bout her own research on the contaminant and findings in fish taken along the Susquehanna River basin.
On the upper level, intern Peyton Johnson, from Susquehanna University, shared info on growing plants in water-based solutions and the various benefits that can provide. She made up sample hydroponic growing containers using plastic water bottles with families taking them home to start various new plants in.
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John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.