Class Trip

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Led a delightfully curious and polite group of physics and engineering students from around the country here on campus for NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates. Professors Tom Soloman (physics) and Joseph Tranquillo (engineering) were the instructors.

We talked about water quality in the river and the impact of logging and industrialization on the ecology and aquatic habitat of the Susquehanna. The water levels remain high for July, enabling us to paddle this reach when normally it is far too low to glide over the gravel bars.

The discharge in the Susquehanna River at Williamsport was
4,170 ft3 sec-1, well above the 114-year average discharge of 3,730 3 sec-1 for July 28th.

From Earth to Home (Geog 100)

Had a terrific time with geography professors Duane Griffen and Adrian Mulligan and several students from their class entitled, "From Earth to Home." Part of the course experience is to paddle the Susquehanna River and so we put in at Watsontown and paddled south to Lewisburg.

Overcast skies with slight drizzle early on. Temperature: 75°F; Humidity: 52%, winds out the NW about 2 mph. Discharge in the river was
6,7303 sec-1; well below (almost half) of what is was last year (2008): 12,0003 sec-1 on May 1, 2008. Saw some big fish (presumably catfish) scurry away from the shadows of the boats as we drifted over the riffles near Milton and Lewisburg.

Water Resources Engineering (CE 320)

Civil and Environmental Enginnering Professor Jessica Newlin took her Water Resources Engineering (CE 320) class out on the river. The weather was perfect and this was one of the most helpful and fun-loving group of students I've ever taken kayaking. Two laboratory sections - first group in the morning and a second after lunch.

The weather was beautiful - around 72°F when we started around 9 am, climbing to 95°F in the late afternoon! Distance: 8.9 miles; duration: 2 hours 20 minutes at a leisurely pace. Morning group launched at 9:20 and took out at 11:20; afternoon group launched at 12:30 and took out around 3 pm. We started at the PFBC access at Watsontown and ended at the facilities picnic area on the Bucknell campus in Lewisburg.

River discharge at Lewisburg was 8,580 ft3 sec-1.