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Friday, August 28, 2015

PA: Hotter Times Ahead

  
The great forests that stretched from the Atlantic to the Mississippi - and elsewhere on our planet - are severely fragmented and rapidly vanishing.  Our rivers have been dammed and are fading shadows of what they once were, and our population and resulting consumption of natural resources continues to grow unchecked.
 
So this report should come as no surprise. 
 
 
 
 
When I first saw the graphic above, I immediately knew the cooler spot circled was primarily due to Greenland's melting ice sheet
 
If you still believe we have nothing to do with the ongoing climatic changes on our planet, consider yourself clueless.
 
Get ready, folks...and Happy Friday!
     

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Surface Expressions" Indeed


My #1 most visited post since I switched to Blogger in February 2010 is still about the events beginning in May 2012 along Rockwell Road.


 
 
Yesterday, this article was brought to my attention.
 
Having visited that area multiple times in 2012 and 2013, I truly believe there were far more than 14 "surface expressions" of methane in the surrounding hills. Unfortunately, since Chesapeake has settled with ( purchased the property of ) at least one of the major landowners in the impacted areas, we'll never know what may still be "expressing" from the ground along Rte. 414. 
 
Fortunately, we documented what was going on in 2012 before the natural gas folks bought buried their mess and the DEP dragged their heels for over three years.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Later.
    

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Raykovitz Chronicles

 
I've been spending most of my "free" time doing research for one of my family history blogs:
 
 
That and watching our 401(k) balances plummet.
 
Anyway, I hope you are all well and fighting the good fight.
 
More in a few.
 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Excellent Work, John Cole

  
 

464 Miles?


Hats off to this young man for paddling the "entire" Susquehanna River.
 
Read the rest here.
 
Last time I checked, from Otsego Lake to the Chesapeake Bay, the Susquehanna was 444 miles long. Not sure where the extra 20 miles came from.
 
This map in the video also raised a question in my mind. Did he start @ Cooperstown, or at the PA/NY border? Then again, most reporters wouldn't recognize the difference; it's just another story to them.
 
 
 
Anyway, I hope to be able to do the same paddling journey some day; all 444 miles from Cooperstown NY to Havre de Grace MD.
 
Later.
 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stones & Bones: The Detritus of 500 Generations

 
 
I have kayaked over 2,000 miles on the north branch of the Susquehanna River, and have introduced many new folks to the river through the paddling trips I have organized and participated in.
 
 
Over the years, I have stopped at many islands and shorelines, getting down on my hands and knees and scouring the ground looking for relics/remnants from the past.
 
  
 


 
I wonder how many centuries ago some (perhaps) Native American child etched two holes in the pieces above and below. The "mouth" in the stone below is a piece of fossilized shell.
 
 
 
I've read hundreds of books and journals about the Susquehanna dating back to the 1600's. Better than most, I understand what has been lost in less than 10 generations.  
 
 
 
Those that walked before us took what they needed for survival, not for profit. We, on the other hand, take all we can and then look for more.
  
Centuries from now, when a future river advocate stops on some island in the Susquehanna, I wonder what they will find? How will they view us as stewards of our environment?  
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
Later.
   

Friday, August 14, 2015

Boa Constrictor in the Susquehanna?


Too much to comment on here, but I really enjoyed the part about falling asleep with a boa constrictor draped across his shoulders.

I am relieved to know that a 5' long carnivorous reptile, with a basic survival instinct to hunt and kill things, has a "friendly" disposition.

Seriously?
 
The lights may be on...
 
Later.
  

Thursday, August 13, 2015

95% Drop in Conowingo Dam Shad Passage ( 2001-2015 )


I read at least a dozen articles about the Susquehanna River and related environmental issues every week. 
 
This recent headline about the Conowingo Dam caught my attention, but these numbers stopped me dead in my tracks:

"In earlier attempts to reverse the declines, Conowingo's operators built lifts in 1972 and 1991 to hoist migrating fish up and over the 94-foot dam. The elevators seemed to be working for a while, and the number of American shad passed upriver peaked at 193,000 in 2001. The tally has been declining since, with a record low of just 8,341 picked up this spring."
 
That's a 95% drop in shad passing the dam since 2001.
 
 
 
 
Another canary in the coal mine?
  
Later.
 

Monday, August 10, 2015

It's Been a Wild Ride

 
 
During the six months I spent recovering/rehabbing from my fall in early 2013, I set several goals for myself.
  
I accomplished the first two, and I have three more to go. What I've finally realized, or accepted, is that I can't get there from here, and that the time & energy I am expending here needs to be redirected.

I refuse to think or say coulda, woulda, shoulda when I breathe my last.
  
Absolutely refuse.

Day #1 post surgery

The ride home

My right kneecap was where the arrow is pointing.

I was a terrible back-seat passenger

Catching rays on the deck

First 1+ mile walk in February 2013.

A few more posts to go.

Later.
    

Friday, August 7, 2015

More Polluters Fined


Another day, another polluter fined. It's just amazing what people try to get away with.
 
Read the rest here.
 
The Susquehanna River has been a convenient dumping ground for centuries. For all those who have been "caught", their are thousands more who have contributed to the ongoing degradation of this watershed without ever making the headlines.
 
How long would any of us last without access to clean water?
 
 
“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”
- Benjamin Franklin