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Thursday, September 24, 2015

1615-2015 - Étienne Brûlé

Read more about Etienne here.
I've read almost every book and online article about this man, and truly believe he traveled the Susquehanna from the present-day Sayre PA region to the Chesapeake Bay in 1615. There are others who say it was 1616.
At this point, it doesn't really matter.
It is an incredibly busy time of year for me, and I have limited time to post here.
I will ramp up again once things slow down a little.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 18, 2015

And people wonder...

...why I've chosen to distance myself from the current crop of anti-fracking activists?

Read more here.
I ask...who looks more credible?
P.S.: The dam was defeated. How about fracking in PA?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Kayaking with Whales

As much as I enjoy kayaking and observing nature, I'm more than content to watch this encounter from the comfort of my home.
Close call. 
Check out the video here.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

SRBC: Breaking Their Own Rules

Over the past decade or so, I have written to and about the Susquehanna River Basin Commission dozens of times. I have testified at many of their quarterly sessions, including the seminal meeting in Wilkes-Barre, PA on 15 December 2011.
For the record, again, I had nothing to do with the disruptive activities that took place on that day at that place. I consider those clueless wannabes that dropped the f-bombs and chanted whatever verses they concocted to be wayward idiots; pure and simple.
Back to the SRBC. 
At their most recent quarterly business meeting, where no public comments are allowed, (see their rules of conduct on this this document), they allowed an "expert" from Binghamton University to speak about the quality of the Susquehanna's waters.

He offered the following: 
“The Susquehanna River Basin has some of the highest quality water in the country,”
Read the rest of the story here.
Of course, any open response at that meeting to the comments offered by Dr. Joseph Graney would have been deemed disruptive and perhaps even threatening.

"Disruptive behavior that interferes with the orderly conduct of the public meeting will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior intended to threaten or intimidate an SRBC official or other members of the attending public will not be tolerated. Persons engaging in such disruptive or threatening behavior will be removed from the meeting room."

The question I have is this:
Dr. Graney is an employee of Binghamton University, not the SRBC. Therefore, he is a member of the public. Why was he allowed to offer those comments in that "business" meeting with no opportunity for anyone to question or rebut his ridiculous gibberish?

Did he just walk up to a microphone and speak, or was he invited? 
I pay for two services to monitor traffic to this blog. I always see an uptick from the area surrounding Harrisburg whenever I post anything about the SRBC.
To that end:
See you there. 
P.S.: Hey guys...need any extras?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Get a Smaller Boat

Seems that a few boaters who were out before dawn on the Susquehanna River recently near Wysox, PA got stranded on a gravel bar. I've paddled through that spot may times, and it can be tricky to navigate depending on the water level...even in a kayak. As you can see from the pictures, it's barely ankle-deep.
Anyway, after multiple attempts, it took 14 people to dislodge the boat.
I hope the rest of their day was less eventful.

All photos courtesy of DK Natt.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Waiting for the next Hurricane Lee

Work, chores, work...never seems to end.
As stated in a prior post, I've been spending a lot of my time working on one of my family history blogs. I'm currently in a holding pattern waiting for the results of some research to try to find one of my ancestors who died as a youth somewhere between 1900 and 1909. The cemetery most believe he is buried in has no records, so I am paying some folks in the Luzerne County Courthouse to see what they have on file. If they have nothing, then it's on to Scranton.
As we approach and pass the fourth anniversary of the Susquehanna's flooding in September 2011, a lot of articles like this have been popping up over the last few days. Somewhere in a folder or electronic file I have a copy of a letter to the editor I wrote almost a decade ago that brings up the same points. I spent over an hour looking for it yesterday, and decided it will show up at some point when I really don't need it. For a refresher course on September 2011, check out this link.
And here are some posts of mine from the same week, and another I wrote after the 2011 flooding which I believe should be used by folks in the Wyoming Valley in the years ahead.
Chances are pretty good I will witness another major flooding event on the Susquehanna in my lifetime, and all the levees...old and new, will not be able to stop it.

Enjoy Labor Day.

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.

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.