Catawissa Creek and abandoned mine drainage

Hello. We could use your help in addressing issues in a nearby waterway. The Catawissa Creek’s aquatic resources have been devastated by abandoned mine drainage (AMD), which spews acidity and aluminum deposits into this tributary of the Susquehanna River. It is the only finalist in the entire Susquehanna watershed for the state’s River of the Year voting. A win would shed some much-needed light on AMD issues across the region and help bridge the final gaps to a treatment system that will help restore this potential world-class fishery.
You can vote (once per email … and emails are not collected for future promotions) here:
For more on the Catawissa Creek and AMD issues in Pennsylvania, check out this story and podcast conversation:
Thank you for voting and encouraging others in your circles to do the same. Together, we can really make a difference for our natural resources. – Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper John Zaktansky

January meeting and Ripples

Because of the increase in COVID cases in the area, we felt it was in the best interest of everyone to cancel the Chapter meeting scheduled for January 12, 2022.  We are planning to hold an in person meeting at the February meeting and having it on zoom at the same time.  Watch the website and the February issue of the Ripples for more information.

Click here to get your January 2022 issue of the Susquehanna Ripples.  It’s another big issue.

Tiadaghton State Forest ATV Pilot Connector (Lycoming/Clinton Counties)

A meeting was held at Penn College yesterday December 8 before the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. This was a chance for the public, and interested parties, to give a short presentation to the Committee. A link to the video of this meeting can be found at

Informational meeting regarding Tiadaghton State Forest ATV Pilot Connector (Lycoming/Clinton Counties) – Environmental Resources Committee

Additionally, we just found out that DCNR is accepting comments via an online survey and this can be found at Unfortunately the survey ends tomorrow December 10 but we just found out about it.

For more information on ATV use in our forests adn to find out more about the proposed connector, please go to the DCNR page

Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper Releases New Book: Sentinels Of The Susquehanna To Raise Awareness, Spark Collaboration

Sentinels of the Susquehanna: Volume 1,” a 285-page paperback book featuring more than 50 stories from the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is now on sale.

The collection covers a wide variety of issues facing the middle Susquehanna River watershed and stories about people who passionately promote and protect the river’s many resources.

Included in the book are stories on a program to help restore populations of Eastern hellbenders, the dangers of invasive species such as the rusty crayfish and snakehead fish, studies that show a proliferation of microplastics and how we can work together to help reduce the impact, concerns about fracking, abandoned mine drainage, littering, sedimentation/erosion and a variety of other threats impacting our waterways.

There is also information about how state agencies handle fish kills, how to determine if certain substances on waterways indicate pollution, life-saving boating safety tips, a review of education efforts by the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association such as our Floating Classroom and HERYN (Helping Engage our River’s Youth with Nature) programs and a look back at a critical settlement agreement our association announced earlier this year.

The book can be ordered in one of two ways. You can preorder copies for $15 at the Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper website and pick up your book copies at the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association’s office at 112 Market Street, Sunbury, PA.

​Or, you can order copies via for $20 each and have them delivered directly to your home. To pursue this option, Click Here or search for the book title at

For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and how to get involved, visit the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association website.

The above was copied from the Middle Susquehanna River keeper website

A First-Hand Account Of How Repeated, Unlimited Road Dumping Of Oil & Gas Drilling Wastewater Is Tearing Apart Dirt Roads And Creating Multiple Environmental Hazards

Here is another story on the effects of dumping oil and gas drilling wastewater on dirt roads. Click the link below to be taken to the article

A First-Hand Account Of How Repeated, Unlimited Road Dumping Of Oil & Gas Drilling Wastewater Is Tearing Apart Dirt Roads And Creating Multiple Environmental Hazards