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Deep Creek Water Management Public He...

Upper Yough, Upper Youghiogheny River, Friendsville, Trout Unlimited, Ken's Irish Pub, Precision Rafting, Wilderness Voyageurs, Friends of Deep Creek Lake, American Whitewater, Three Rivers Paddling Club, American Canoe Association, Garrett County MD. Garrett County Government, Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan, Unit4media
Deep Creek Lake landowners are wanting to reduce releases for the Upper Yough. Upper Yough in the Fall by Jeff Macklin   Recently a small but powerful group of land owners in the back coves of Deep Creek Lake have been trying to reduce the number and type of whitewater releases on the Upper Section of the Youghiogheny. Their main concern [...]

The Telfer Lower with Les Bechdel

Les Bechdel ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
Developed by bridging the world of climbing and river running, the Telfer Lower is a hybrid technique for extraction on the river. Seems only right for ACA-PA to feature this whitewater professional nurtured by the great state of Pennsylvania, Les Bechdel. He attended Penn State and the whitewater curriculum he teaches presently finds his cla [...]

Spinal Immobilization in a River with...

Justin Padgett ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
Possible spinal injuries on the river can be a terrifying thought but, using the water to assist  your situation could make all the difference. Justin Padgett standing in the cold waters of the Tuckaseegee river demonstrates how to use water to assist in spinal immobilization. Head and neck injuries are serious when it comes to whitewater. As [...]

Shoulder Dislocation with Justin Padg...

Justin Padgett discussing shoulder dislocation
The dislocated shoulder is an injury that can happen to any boater and most likely will. If you have never had a dislocated shoulder that’s great. Maybe you don’t know anyone who has ever done it, again this is great news. The longer you boat the more likely you will have a dislocated shoulder or know someone who will dislocate th [...]

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Treating Hypothermia with Tom Burroug...

Tom Burroughs ACA instructor
Treating hypothermia is a possibility that can affect every water sport enthusiast. Understanding hypothermia is important. Now that you’ve recognized the signs and symptoms it’s time to act. Do you have a “Duty to Act”, yes you do. You’re an outdoor professional and understand that this is a client or a friend a [...]

Understanding Hypothermia with Tom Bu...

Tom Burroughs Understanding Hypothermia
Hypothermia is something that can affect every water sport enthusiast. To deal with it you have to understand it. Tom Burroughs did an incredible job of explaining the character and symptoms of hypothermia on the banks of the Tuckaseegee river. During my time at the ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinic in Dilsboro North Carolina I was able to learn f [...]

Stories of Survival

American Canoe Association Video
This is a great video created for the ACA. Check it out.

Stand Up Paddleboards for Swiftwater ...

The middle section of the Youghiogheny always has action. I’ve spent nine years working on the Youghiogheny river and the middle section is the least traveled of sections for me. I know it ok but I just haven’t spent a lot of time on it. I fish it and bike along side of its banks and when relatives come in I take them down this [...]

Whitewater Festival: Ohiopyle Over th...

Ohiopyle ACA-PA Falls Fest Unit4media
Over the Falls Festival: Thousands of People, and Twenty Feet Thousands of spectators. Hundreds of boaters. Twenty feet of falling whitewater. August 22nd, American Whitewater held the 2015 Over the Falls Festival over Ohiopyle Falls. The park estimated around 10,000 spectators cheered on the brave boating souls. Over 200 paddlers from aroun [...]

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ACA - Pennsylvania

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.

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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.
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  • Susquehanna River Keeper Carol Parenzan

    Riverkeeper Recognized for Environmental Excellence

    Riverkeeper Recognized for Environmental Excellence

    LEWISBURG (March 28, 2017) – In just one short year, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper [...]

  • Cheat River Festival 2016

    The annual Cheat River Festival is a celebration of new life, that which comes each Spring and the new life that can be found in the Ch [...]

  • Justin Padgett ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

    Spinal Immobilization in a River with Justin Padgett

    Possible spinal injuries on the river can be a terrifying thought but, using the water to assist  your situation could make all the diff [...]

  • Justin Padgett discussing shoulder dislocation

    Shoulder Dislocation with Justin Padgett

    The dislocated shoulder is an injury that can happen to any boater and most likely will.
    If you have never had a dislocated shoulder tha [...]

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    ISSU 4 of ACA Paddling Zine