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To All First Time Visitors

I've noticed a significant increase in the number of first time visitors in the past 30 days.

First & foremost: Welcome!

As a brief intro; I've been blogging since 1999. I have a degree in Earth & Environmental Science, and have twice taken the Susquehanna River to the #1 spot on American Rivers annual "Most Endangered" list; first in 2005 and again in 2011. I stopped counting when I hit the 2,000 mile mark paddling on the Susquehanna.

When it comes to my favorite river and the environmental challenges it continues to face, I've forgotten more than most of the newly-ordained "experts" out there. To that end, I've scaled back my public activism over the past few years out of sheer frustration at the (mostly) clueless cacophony coming from the new crop of wannabes seeking their 15 seconds of...whatever.

Unfortunately, I'm getting restless again.

Stay tuned.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dr. Yingling: RAGE ON!

For those that haven't been following the recent ruckus about the black splotches on smallmouth bass - the premier gamefish of the Susquehanna River - read this.

After reading the article, I'm sure you'll walk away with multiple questions. Mine is simply this: If Dr. Mangan states, multiple times, that he doesn't really know what's causing this outbreak, how can he state that the activities of the natural gas industry are not connected in any way? Or that the affected fish are safe to eat?

Read Dr. William Yingling's comments.

Read Dr. Brian Mangan's comments.

Decide for yourself: Do we have a problem in the Susquehanna River, and is it getting worse?

As for me, I practice catch and release, so I don't eat any fish from the Susquehanna River. But I do eat mayflies from time to time.

The dark ones taste fishy.


  1. Yes, we do have a problem in the Susquehanna River. My cousins still tube in it, though. Fish with blotches do not bother them. They think I am a Debbie Downer and a fear monger.

  2. Dan;

    The PFBC's comments outraged me severely. Dr. Vicki Blazer's has done a lot of work at the USGS, and she indicates this issue needs more study (which of course takes $$$) However, she has acknowledged there is a potential problem. I spoke at length with Guy Alsentzer, the Executive Director of Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna, and Staff Attorney for both SOLS and the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper and he is interested in getting a roundtable discussion with biologists, the PFBC, the angling community and other interested parties as a beginning action.

  3. Thanks for your comments. Our river has some serious problems, including - IMHO - apathy in Harrisburg.