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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 is 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 will be 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.

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 Susquehanna River Honor Journey Dates & Events!

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.

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.

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

News Articles

Susquehanna River Advocates Walk from PA to Havre de Grace - Posted by Elizabeth Janney - Havre de Grace Patch – 6-19-13

Susquehanna River Honor Journey passes through York, Lancaster counties - It is intended to celebrate the river but also bring awareness to the pollution in it – by Teresa Ann Boeckel - Daily Record/Sunday News - 6/18/2013 – York, PA

Susquehanna River Honor Journey coming to York and Lancaster counties - York Daily Record – June 13, 2013 – York, PA

Manheim Township Library to host event honoring Susquehanna River – June 13, 2013 – Lancaster Online – Lancaster, PA

Native American gathering focuses on problems facing the Susquehanna River - By Karen Shuey – Lancaster Online – June 1, 2013 – Washington Boro, PA

Susquehanna River Honor Journey – WIVT-WBGH Newschannel 34 – Binghamton,NY – May 31, 2013

Group honors the Susquehanna - By Jack Brubaker, The Scribbler – Staff Writer - Intelligencer Journal – Lancaster New Era – May 28, 2013


Susquehanna River Honor Journey Days Proclamation - Signed this 22nd day of May, 2013 - The Honorable Jeff Katz, Mayor, Village of Cooperstown, NY

Proclamation from the City of Havre de Grace, MD presented by Joseph Smith, City Council member – June 22, 2013 - Photos & Proclamation



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