Our efforts to help Susquehanna river towns embrace the river and protect green open spaces along it are highlighted in the March 2012 edition of the Chesapeake Bay Journal:
"The borough of Shickshinny, located along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County, might be considered "the little town that could." Over the years, Shickshinny has endured many floods, most recently when Tropical Storm Lee led the river to overtake its banks last September.
"It devastated 75 percent of my town," said Shickshinny Mayor Beverly Moore. "I don't see the flood threat leveling off unless something more is done."
As Moore and other Shickshinny residents know, rivers rise and fall with the season, higher after spring rains; lower after summer drought. Sometimes rivers swell to reclaim their entire floodplain, leading to loss of life, property and clean, drinking water.
Protecting natural areas from flooding and enhancing green space along the Susquehanna River is a big reason why the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership was formed 10 years ago. Since then, the organization has been helping Susquehanna River towns grow and develop in sync with the Susquehanna's ebbs and flows instead of counter to its natural path.
"We can't stop natural flooding," said Trish Carothers, the partnership's program director. "But we can implement practices to mitigate future damage while revitalizing many of Pennsylvania's charming and historic river towns."
Read the full article here.