Flora

There is no shortage of vegetation along the banks of the Susquehanna River, as well as on the many islands that can be found within its waters. From trees that keep the river’s waters cool, to submerged aquatic vegetation that feeds the fish and other wildlife that call the river home, these plants perform many ecosystem benefits. However, not all flora is created equal. Some invasive species like purple loosestrife and Japanese knotweed can cause environmental and economic harm and are costly to remove once they are established. RiverStewards works with its many partners to promote beneficial native flora in the Susquehanna River watershed while working to tackle the issue of invasive species. The following are some images of the diverse flora within the watershed.