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Susquehanna River Honor Journey – 2014

Upcoming Events – so far…



“The Susquehanna is for Lovers, (and All Others)! “ Parts 1 to 16 webisodes on YouTube

Created by Toveah Mirot - Total: 3 Hours, 45 Minutes

“The Susquehanna is for Lovers, (and All Others)! “ Parts 1 to 16 webisodes (plus an extra longer version of Intro for boomers with long attention spans) Parts 7 & 8 are combined, so total is 16 videos. Created for: The Susquehanna River Honor Journey – 2014

Only 3 days left to watch, send comments (post under YouTube videos), and win a free dinner!! Of course you can still watch it after the close of the Susquehanna River Honor Journey/Solstice…I love to cook, so hope someone will send feedback on all 16 parts and win the prize! Thanks, everyone!


 RiverFest 2014 “A Life Crafted Along the River

Saturday, June 21, 2 – 9 pm - 234 N. Front St. – John Wright Restaurant in Wrightsville, Pennsylvenia - Music: Nick DeSanto (one man band), Bobbie CarMitchell, Vinegar Creek Constituency will perform etc….


Southern Branch Honor Paddle (Part of SRHJ 2014) - May 25 – May 31


May 25 – Shikellamy State Park, the Point, meet 8am, River Honor Gratitude Ceremony 9am, Launch 10am -3 day paddle to City Island, Harrisburg (Middle Susquehanna River Water Trail). We will be island hopping between primitive camp sites.

May 28 – City Island, Harrisburg, Meet at Susquehanna Outfitters 8am, River Honor Gratitude Ceremony 9am; Launch (just south of Dock St. dam) 10am; aprox. 20 mi paddle to Marietta camp site.

May 29 – Columbia River Park Access, Gratitude Ceremony 9am, Launch 10 am. 2 day paddle, with 2 nights primitive camping. 

May 31 – Broad Creek Access, meet 8am, River Honor Gratitude Ceremony 9am, Launch 10am  aprox. 16 mi paddle to Milliard Tydings Memorial Park, Havre de Grace Md. River Honor Gratitude Ceremony, time TBA

Please register, or for more information, please contact Ryan Overly (717) 344-9385 or
Gear needed: canoe or kayak (no motors), personal flotation device, camping gear, whistle, water bottle (1 gallon a day!), sun hat and screen, rain gear, flash light, dry sack, food and provisions.
* All participants are responsible for their own safety, equipment, and provisions. 18 and under must be accompanied by parent/guardian.
* Boat launch permits or boat registration is required by law when launching from State Parks and PA sanctioned boat launches.
In Honor and Gratitude of the Susquehanna River, all Water, and all Life.
“Clean Water for All Life and Future Generations”


Wednesday, June 11 at 6:00pm 
137 S. Front Street, Columbia. No. 1 Firehall
Lancaster Landfill meeting with the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper at Shank’s Mare Outfitters, June 11th, 6:30 p.m.
Come learn more about the proposed landfill expansion right on the Susquehanna River. State and local governments, businesses and individuals have been spending tens of millions of dollars to make the lower Susquehanna River a national attraction. This proposal, to increase the height of the landfill nearly 100 feet higher than it’s current height, will make the landfill one of the most prominent features of the lower Susquehanna. This is a permanent blight on the watershed and it needs to be stopped now. Please join us for an after-dinner coffee and dessert gathering for discussion, information and views of the landfill. Shank’s Mare Outfitters, 2098 Long Level Rd, Wrightsville, PA 17368.
4th Annual Susquehanna Biathlon, June 21st
The Susquehanna Biathlon is back for 2014 with the same unique run-paddle combination and beautiful course! No other event in Central PA combines two of our favorite hobbies – trail running and river paddling – for the best cause of all: supporting clean water. We hope you will run and paddle with us on June 21st and support Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper’s work keeping our water fishable, swimmable, and drinkable!

From the Mighty Susquehanna, Michael R Helfrich - Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER®

Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna, Inc.
2098 Long Level Rd., Wrightsville, PA 17368 - 717.779.7915 (cell)

The Susquehanna River Honor Journey is a networking platform for individuals & groups to share their efforts, ideas, art & media to help Honor & Heal the Susquehanna River. Stay tuned for 2014 Upcoming Susquehanna River Honor Journey Dates & Events!

If you have an event idea, or are planning one…

Let us know about your event ideas or planned events, which may include relay walking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, gatherings, celebrations, educational rallies, artistic or theatrical performances, art showings, ceremonies, river blessings by faith communities, etc.. Your information will be posted on this website, so that others can participate, coordinate and network with you. 

Email us at with the following information (if needed), so we can publicize your Event or Journey: Name of Event, Date(s) & Time(s) of Event, Location and/or Route of Event, Description of Event, Contact Person, Email, Organization, etc. You can also email us images and photos of your event to post before & after the event. We will contact you soon.


The first Susquehanna River Honor Journey and its events started on May 25th, 2013 and spanned from the North & West sources of its branches, to the mouth of the River at Chesapeake Bay in Havre De Grace, Maryland, and ended on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Its purpose was to educate and empower the public to help honor, preserve, support and heal the Susquehanna River, so the river can continue to share its waters with future generations of life. Along the River Way and at towns and cities that touch its shores from the Sources to the Sea, there was continuous Journey events (at different locations and times) of walking, kayaking, canoeing, biking, gatherings, celebrations, river clean-ups, educational rallies, artistic or theatrical performances, art showings, Native American ceremonies, river ceremonies – spiritual, interfaith, and secular…

The environmental group American Rivers named the Susquehanna “America’s Most Endangered River for 2005″ because of the excessive pollution it receives. The pollution in the Susquehanna river is caused by excess animal manure from farming, agricultural runoff, urban and suburban storm water runoff, raw or inadequately treated sewage, and hazardous industrial waste from past & present mining operations and hydraulic fracking.

On June 17, 2013, during the Susquehanna River Honor Journey – Riverkeeper, Michael Helfrich, presented a lecture “Man’s Impact on the Natural Susquehanna”, at Shank’s Mare Outfitters in Wrightsville. PA.

Play Michael Helfrich Lecture - 1:15:13

Note: the Conestoga River drains into the Susquehanna River and is a source of pollution (farm waste, municipal waste & overflow, chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides…) to the River.

 What You Can Do to Honor & Heal the Susquehanna River

The Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper has a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including helping with cleanups, volunteering at special events, collecting biological data, office work and more. Interested? Send an email to to stay informed about upcoming events & volunteer opportunities.

For Lower Susquehanna River Action Alerts:

Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna, Inc. (SOLS), is a non-profit watershed association that focuses on identifying sources of pollution and enforcing environmental laws. It is composed of friends, neighbors, outdoorsmen, recreationalists, and families who want safe drinking water, sustainable use of natural resources, and the ability to fish and swim in the Susquehanna River and her tributaries.

Check out the “Susquehanna River Environmental Issues / Links” section of our website for more Issues, Info & Actions !  

Photos & Info from 2013 Susquehanna River Honor Journey Events — Click Here

Environmental Issues:

Lancaster Against Pipelines  |  Marcellus Shale Earth First!

Chesapeake Bay Foundation  |  Circle Legacy Center