This picture presents a calm image of the Susquehanna River. It looks like it just lazily meanders its way from Coopertown to the Chesapeake Bay. Looks can be decieving though. The Susquehanna holds many dangers for people who aren't careful as they explore it. People see the river as a playground, but not a dangerous one. This picture also shows the beauty that the Susquehanna River holds and makes you wonder what it is really like. --- ChristineK

I chose this image of the Susquehanna River in Wyoming County because of the river bank. It appears that the river has cut into the rock in forming its path. Both the steepness of the rock and its size are intriguing. Also, the rock along the riverbank appears to have layers. Perhaps these layers could be useful in studying the history of the river and the surrounding environment in that particular area. ---BryanB (

The attached image shows a 25 foot replica of the Statue of Liberty nearHarrisburg. While this structure has little to do with the Susquehanna as a River, I found it extremely intriguing when I passed it on my drive up to Bucknell at the beginning of the year. When I saw it perched on top of what was probably an old bridge support in the middle of the River, it seemed so out of place, so when I came across this picture I decided I would find out a little bit about it. It turns out that it's called "The Dauphin Narrows Statue of
Liberty" and was constructed by a group of Harrisburg area citizens (led by Mr. Gene Stilp) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of "Lady Liberty."---- ColinD.

This picture not only shows how vast and powerful the river is but also shows the great diversity which can be found around it including woodlands, farms, mountains, bridges, and highways which can be found all along the Susquehanna River. -- AndrewH. (
This photograph focuses on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River taken from Hyner View State Park. As mentioned in the picture's caption, it is important to note the "reddish-brown color" of the water as it makes its way towards the Chesapeake Bay. As discussed in my previous commentary about the River Conservation Plan, the West Branch is experiencing much difficulty with pollution due to old mining practices along the river. The West Branch of the Susquehanna River is an interesting topic to study because it demonstrates that our actions of the past can and will affect us in the future. When the coal mining operations first started up, the last thing they probably thought about was "How will mining affect the future of the river and future generations"? The point is, that they did not consider this important question. What is even more astonishing is that no one considered this important question until just recently in 1977 when new legislation finally restricted mining practices in certain areas. Consideration for the environment is a relatively new topic of thought and concern. Only now are people finally starting to sit back and take a look at the bigger picture; only now are people beginning to ask themselves, "How will my actions today affect future generations?" Although we got off to a late start, it is crucial that we begin to take this question into consideration as we make decisions for our children of tomorrow. We cannot think of what is going to happen tomorrow if we do this today; rather, we must think, what is going to happen 5, 10, 100 years from now if we do this one thing today. "Everything is connected to everything else"-that is the most important thing I learned last year in my Environmental Science class in high school. The story of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River proves this theory to be true.--- AlisonS (

Here is the weekly photo that you want from us. I didn't know if you wanted the photo on the email or if you just wanted the link, so I sent both. I was just pondering this picture and wondered how effective 3 Mile Island is at keeping contamination out of the river. Is there any pollution produced by the plant that just gets dumped into the river? -- ScottW (
This picture shows the beauty of some of the plants and animals that live near and on the Susquehanna. It shows why it is so vital to clean up the Susquehanna and why we should try to prevent it from becoming more polluted. -- KristaB

Just imagining the level of the water during that time is incredible. It doesn't look like much on the picture, but my dad who spent much of his time at his cousin's house on the Juniata at Clark's ferry showed me scars on trees from the flood and they were extremely high scars the oak trees. --- BryanS. (

And the picture that I have included as an attachment is of the potholes in Holtwood. I looked for a picture of them after reading about them in "Susquehanna: River of Dreams." The person that the author is talking to says that the site could be a national park, so I thought that it would probably be worth seeing. The picture that I chose is one of the most dramatic on the website ( and also shows water marks that indicate the normal water levels, which I thought was interesting. These potholes are really interesting and beautiful, and as the man in the book remarked, it's probably better that they aren't widely known.-- RhiananT

This picture shows the Juniata flowing into the Susquehanna from atop adjacent mountains. The picture not only shows how vast and powerful the river really is but also give you a sense of how important it is to the environment around it. The Susquehanna is not only crucial to the surrounding fields and forests but humans too as a means of travel through highways and bridges. -- AndrewH. (