Schaeffer: Securing Financial Stability for the Commission Is Key

This article is part 3 of a 4-part series on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s current and most recently retired Executive Directors: Tim Schaeffer and John Arway, respectively. RiverStewards is a proud supporter and partner of the Commission and all the great work that it does to protect and enhance Pennsylvania’s waterways, aquatic habitat, […]

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Arway: Do Your Duty and Fear No One

An Interview with John Arway (Part 2) Today, the biggest threat is no longer the simpler point source discharges, but the subtler yet abundant non-point sources, according to John Arway, former executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Non-Point Sources Are a Greater Challenge “For large watersheds like the Susquehanna, we’re dealing with […]

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Arway: Conservation Is about Talking to and Working with Others

An Interview with John Arway (Part 1) “I often say there are only two seasons in Pennsylvania: hunting season and fishing season,” John Arway says with a laugh. “That keeps me occupied almost all year round.” Arway, who retired in November 2018, spent 38 years with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the last 10 […]

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Bringing the Environment into Classrooms other than Biology Is Vital for Our Future

Photo above: Dr.Justin Mando instills his passion for the outdoors into his Environmental Advocacy Writing class at Millersville University – part of RiverStewards’ “Susquehanna Storytelling” initiative. While environmental issues – whether they are as regional as the health and stability of local waterways or as large as the global climate – affect all life, their […]

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Susquehanna Heritage Drums Up Support for National Heritage Area Designation for the Susquehanna River

Photo Above: The Zimmerman Center is one of two locations Susquehanna Heritage operates along the river as centers for education and outreach. It also acts as headquarters for Susquehanna Heritage. The Susquehanna River is part of a complex ecosystem, and, much like the river, the individuals, groups, and organizations who work to promote and protect the […]

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Making Data More Accessible to Enhance Protection of the Susquehanna

Photo above: John Quigley, Director of Harrisburg University’s Center for Environment, Energy and Economy discusses what a shared database might look like. Government agencies, nonprofits, academics and others use data in their day-to-day work. Whether analyzing the levels of nitrate and phosphorus in a water sample, tracking sediment loads over time, or gauging the economic […]

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The Susquehanna Heartland Coalition and Geisinger Health System Make Medication Disposal Safer and Easier

In the past, someone with leftover medications had few choices for disposal. Flush it and harm water quality? Throw it in the trash and affect the environment that way? Wait a year until someone has a drug take-back program? There has to be a better way! That’s what the Susquehanna Heartland Coalition and Geisinger Health […]

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The Treasure of the Susquehanna

“The Treasure of the Susquehanna” was developed by Millersville University student Gabrielle Redcay, with guidance from her professor Justin Mando, as part of the RiverStewards initiatives, Susquehanna Stories. The film discusses the importance of the river and what actions citizens can take to help protect it. Featured in the film are Josh Hill of Shenk’s […]

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What is Environmental Advocacy?

If someone were to ask you, “What is Environmental Advocacy?” would you be able to provide an answer for them? The students of Millersville University’s first environmental advocacy class, led by Dr. Justin Mando, spent a semester trying to pick apart the meaning of that question together. Their investigation began with a trip down the […]

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State proposes fourth draft of new regulations to stem Brunner Island pollution, fish kills

For the fourth time in six years, the state is attempting to adopt a new plan for governing the discharge of polluting industrial wastewater at the Brunner Island power plant, as well as cooling water that has been blamed for fish kills. The York County power plant’s discharge permit expired in 2011 and the plant has been […]

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Ferry Proposed for Susquehanna River between York and Lancaster Counties

It’s been about 85 years since a ferry shuttled people across the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville. But local residents and tourists might be able to cross the river by boat again with a proposed water shuttle service. The idea has been floated by the nonprofit Susquehanna Heritage as a way to transport local residents and […]

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Millersville Students Kayaking

Susquehanna Stories – Millersville Students Float to Write

Millersville University’s Environmental Advocacy Writing course has taken to the Susquehanna River as a source of inspiration. The students have been tasked with telling stories of the river, focusing on the people, plants, animals, and places that make the Susquehanna a valuable connector for our area. What better way to start that process than by […]

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Geology Meets Art at Pothole Playground on Susquehanna in Lancaster County

In extreme northwestern Lancaster County, when the Susquehanna River recedes, as it has now, careful exploring on foot reveals an otherworldly canvas where geology meets art. Here, at the Conewago Falls near Falmouth, Conoy Township, just below Three Mile Island, molten rock, ruptured glacial lakes and thousands of years of erosion have left behind a […]

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Congress To Create Susquehanna River National Heritage Area

Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster), along with Congressmen Scott Perry (R-Cumberland) and Pat Meehan (R-Lancaster/ Philadelphia), and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation in Congress in June to create the Susquehanna River National Heritage Area. The bills would include Lancaster and York Counties as a National Heritage Area– a Congressional designation where “natural, cultural, historic, […]

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PA Spring Bass Fishing Ban Staying Put – for Now

Swayed by the concerns of many Pennsylvania anglers, the state’s fishery managers decided Tuesday not to lift a springtime ban on smallmouth bass fishing in the middle and lower Susquehanna and lower Juniata rivers. The eight-member Fish & Boat Commission voted unanimously to extend the spawning season catch ban for at least another year, requesting more evidence […]

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Bodies of Water Help Define Central Pa. Economy, Lifestyle

There’s something about water that draws people to it. Whether the benefits are emotional or economical, there’s no denying the appeal of rivers, lakes and streams — three features that make Central Pennsylvania an attractive place to live, work or visit. The Susquehanna River is the most prominent water feature in the region. At 444 […]

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A Contrast of Generations

I am given the opportunity to deliver an Executive Director’s report at every quarterly business meeting of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s (PFBC’s) Board of Commissioners. I typically use the time to update the Board, staff and visitors on my past, present and future activities. However, there are times when I change the pace […]

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