"Great Hunter in the Leaves"
As my regulars know, I have dozens of contacts all throughout the Susquehanna watershed, especially on the north branch in the heart of the Marcellus Shale Twilight Zone.
I keep hearing from some folks who live right along the Susquehanna in Bradford County - and have for decades - that the river levels are doing some very abnormal things; going up when there's been no rain for days, and staying down after a major rain event.
With all the water being withdrawn upstream, and with future needs increasing day-by-day, and with the SRBC's rubber-stamp approach to approving water withdrawal permits...I wonder if there is any connection here? Is water being released from upstream reservoirs to support drilling-related withdrawals? Are they taking too much water ( or more than SRBC-approved amounts ) from the watershed?
Several years ago, I nicknamed one of these "river friends" Koona Wahpekute, which is a Susquehannock/Sioux combination meaning "Great Hunter in the Leaves". He is a legendary outdoorsman in Bradford County.
Koona tells me there's something way out of the ordinary going on with the river. I'm sure the MSC & SRBC would claim otherwise.
Who would you believe?