Free flowing rivers are good for paddlers too!What if your river (and all rivers) flowed freely from source to sea? This video production may change your perception and perspective of the role your river plays in ecosystem health.
It takes being at the right place at the right time to become a hero. But you have to be the right person, too. More than five dozen people packed into a small room at the Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitor Center in Ohiopyle Friday to honor two men for saving the lives of stranded whitewater rafters in 2017. Follow link below for full story.
Your ACA-PA Deputy Director made a splash tonight!Four years ago, our Mighty Susquehanna called me back home. I had been living in upstate New York for 17 years, initially in a log cabin in the Adirondacks (trust me on this, that is not as idyllic as it sounds, that one’s now off the bucket list) and then later in the Catskills in the hippy-dippy-free-spirited town of New Paltz.
As I would journey home to my family in Hershey and travel next to our Susquehanna, she would talk to me, nudge me, splash me a bit, and remind me of our connection. I grew up loving this river. I could read her rapids like some people read books.
In 2015, she summoned me back to Pennsylvania to be her voice, and for the past four years, I could think of no job I’d rather be doing than be her Keeper.
I am honored to accept this award ... but not just for me. It belongs to each and everyone of us.
Someone once said that it takes a village to raise a child. I propose that it takes a watershed to raise a river, especially one as wild and unpredictable as this one.
So thank you to everyone here who partnered with me and Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association to amplify the voice. We are being heard.
Thank you to my Board of Directors who never know if they should rein me in or cast me back out. (I suggest the latter.)
Thank you to our funders and sponsors and donors who believe in and believed in us, even when we were just a nonprofit concept on a piece of paper.
Thank you to our river explorers — on our Floating Classroom uncovering science, inside helping me to write the next book for young river stewards, and even in our prisons creating future community leaders.
Next time you’re by the river, take a moment and glance at your reflection as she flows by. Congratulate that person in nature’s mirror. Together, all of us made a difference these past four years. Together, as the MEN AND WOMEN of the Susquehanna, we’ll BE the difference for the next four years and beyond.
The river says thank you. And I do too. Thank you for this recognition. ...