An old African proverb suggests that it takes a village to raise a child -- but what does it take to protect and promote a watershed, specifically the massive 11,000-square-mile network of tributaries and communities within more than 20 counties that feed into the North and West branches of the Susquehanna River?
Obviously more than one person or even one association -- it takes a team of dedicated individuals who value clean water and have a vested interest in our natural resources.
There are many ways currently in place to get involved:
An additional opportunity to be involved is via our Susquehanna Stewards program -- an initiative where a dedicated team of volunteers who live in various diverse geographic locations within the watershed work directly with the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper to protect and promote our resources.
Susquehanna Stewards provide the eyes and ears within their communities that help alert us to certain issues, help share association information and initiatives with people within their region and they help connect valuable resources within their communities to us. They may be asked to help deliver programming and to help develop new initiatives.
Those participating in the Susquehanna Stewards program will be asked to provide regular updates to the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and will be expected to be good representatives of our group and be willing to work as a team to improve our river-based resources. Stewards may be asked to help in other ways utilizing their individual talents, may be considered for future positions within the association, etc.
Those who are interested in being considered for the Susquehanna Stewards program are requested to first take our 2020 Susquehanna Survey, which you can do by clicking here. In addition, please fill out the form found here at the bottom of our Susquehanna Stewards page.
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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.