Posts Tagged ‘Susquehanna River’

A worthy eagle scout project …

Lycoming County and Local Boy Scout to Install Storm Drain Markers |

I would love to see this repeated throughout the watershed. I hope that they are quality markers, and definitely not stencils.  I have seen many new installations of these throughout the country that don’t look to stand the test of time.

This is such a simple reminder.  So many people are disconnected from the river …


Pile on the river, there’s a new sheriff in town

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Proposed Susquehanna River water power project is revived – News.

The article ends well, citing , Mark Platts, president of the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area, who said:

We have four hydroelectric facilities, two nuclear plants, the Brunner Island coal-fired plant and Muddy Run Pumped Storage Facility in 40 miles of river . . . At some point, enough is enough.

The dam would consume the Mason Dixon Trail:

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Irradiated PA Rivers

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

PADEP has issued a statement on radiation testing of PA rivers.  It’s quite low on specifics.  What the article fails to include or at least reference:

  1. What were the actual results?  And is there a baseline number – are there historical results of such tests, for comparison?
  2. Was the testing performed at a time when gas effluent would have been expected to be “flushed”?  Obviously, it’s not a 24/7 operation.
  3. Further, the article should explain the relatively small number of wells fracked, versus permitted, in many of the river watersheds mentioned.

Fortunately, the EPA is monitoring the situation and requesting additonal sampling:

Despite the results of Pennsylvania’s tests, the EPA said that concentrations of radium might vary depending on the source and volume of the wastewater as well as the flow of the water body that receives the treated effluent. Therefore, the EPA said, “to ensure public safety, additional sampling is needed.”

The EPA also said that it planned to inspect wastewater treatment facilities in the state’s natural-gas fields and would “utilize our federal authorities to require drinking water and wastewater monitoring if that becomes necessary.”

The common good is such a far-fetched notion these days.