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Smart Talk: What the Susquehanna River means to Central PA

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 13, 2014 2:41 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, January 14, 2014:

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Photo by Scott LaMar/witf

Next Monday, January 20, witf's StateImpact Pennsylvania project will hold a public forum entitled "The Susquehanna River watershed: healthy or at risk?"  It's the second public gathering for StateImpact Pennsylvania, which reports on the fiscal and environmental impact of Pennsylvania's energy economy.  The first was held in Philadelphia last month along with project partner WHYY and focused on the Delaware River watershed.

The Susquehanna starts in Cooperstown, New York, cuts through the heart of Pennsylvania and empties into the Chesapeake Bay.  Since most of the 444 mile river is in Central Pennsylvania, it is the geographic characteristic that defines the region. 

But it is more than that. 

The Susquehanna River has played a major role in Central Pennsylvania's history, commerce, industry, tourism, and recreation and it still does.

Tuesday's Smart Talk kicks off a multimedia series of features on the Susquehanna and its watershed.

Joining us on the program are Susan Stranahan, author of the book Susquehanna: River of Dreams, Mark Platts, President of the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area, and Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

In the meantime, we'd like you to answer this question on witf's Public Insight Network:

What does the Susquehanna River mean to you?

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  • robin img 2014-01-14 09:34

    I recommend Michener's 'Chesapeake' and Gertlers 'Keystone Canoeing' for Susquehanna River -
    Additionally let me add to your speakers remark that the ice ages only 20,000 years ago dropped the level of the oceans by dozens of feet and the Chesapeake was but the Susquhanna River Valley down to Norfolk VA.
    Furthermore the look-outs on Rte 6 above Azilum are spectacular views, Logging millionares built those estates in Williamsport - now they're doing it again..btw you can still see the logging cribs and chain islands 100 feet apart from Williamsport upstrem 7 miles.

  • MM img 2014-01-14 19:30

    Thanks to Smart Talk and today's guests for talking about forest fragmentation in relation to the Marcellus Shale extraction industry. Not enough attention is given to our natural (forest, wildlife) resources and the adverse impacts likely caused by the infrastructure/practices related to the industry.