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Sara Kaplaniak

Millersburg ferry boats mark 200 years of service

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On any given day, travelers heading north from Harrisburg, PA, will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Susquehanna River and Blue Mountain. But anybody who keeps their eyes entirely on the road ahead of them might overlook two antique ferry boats traversing the river near the quaint town of Millersburg.

It is worth a pit stop to witness these floating historic landmarks...

Land, water trek offers insights to lower Susquehanna

It was a picture-perfect morning and I was all set to check out a new bike-and-kayak excursion offered by an outfitter along the Susquehanna River. And then I received a surprise: My son, Noah, decided to come with me.

Usually the only opportunity to steal time with my busy 14-year-old is during long trips in the car. This was a treat.

Save Out Soils

We are in the midst of the International Year of Soils. Who knew? Most will overlook the global event, but that would be a mistake. Soils deserve our attention.

More familiar environmental issues — water quality, air pollution, endangered species and climate change — command a headline now and then. That is not the case with soil, unless you count scientific journals.

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Save Our Soils

We are in the midst of the International Year of Soils. Who knew? Most will overlook the global event, but that would be a mistake. Soils deserve our attention.

More familiar environmental issues — water quality, air pollution, endangered species and climate change — command a headline now and then. That is not the case with soil, unless you count scientific journals.

Yet,...

Doomsday Diatribe

These days, gloom and doom seems to dominate my social media feeds. For example, did you know there is a Doomsday Clock? Monitored by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists for more than 60 years, this clock recently advanced to three minutes until midnight — the latest time posted since the Cold War. The scientists attribute it, in part, to unchecked climate change.

Don’t let last...

Unclogging Conowingo requires collaboration, tiny steps

As we reflect on 2014, we are reminded of how bad news dominates the headlines. Events like the Ebola outbreak, ISIS invasions, lost airplanes and gun-related violence come to mind.

There was also good news. For example, one headline boasted: “The Day We Set the Colorado River Free.”

Blending art, science and citizens for clean water

Can Camp Hill, PA, which has been fined for water pollution, find a way that blends art and science and citizens to clean up its streams, and the bay? Sara Kaplaniak, a Camp Hill resident, suggests that it can, and that it can serve as a model for other towns.

Writer hopes her town will be a better neighbor to its river

Down the road from my home in Central Pennsylvania, a battle brews around whether a stretch of the Susquehanna River should be declared “impaired.” This is in response to a sick smallmouth bass population exhibiting lesions, infections, endocrine abnormalities and decreasing numbers.

On one side of the issue, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Chesapeake Bay Foundation,...

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About Sara Kaplaniak

Sara Kaplaniak lives and writes in Pennsylvania, where she reduces, reuses and recycles along with her husband and two kids.

 

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