Jun 12

Sadness on the Conewago

There is no doubt that the folks along our Central Pennsylvania waterways love their creeks much like they love their kids.

In affectionate terms the Conewago Creek residents are sadly expressing their dismay at the thousands of dead fish. As Executive Director of Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna and along with our Riverkeeper, Michael Helfrich, we somehow wish that we could reverse the events of the fire and resulting chemical spill this week from the Hanover, PA Fertilizer plant.

We cannot.


What our Riverkeeper organization can do is to advocate for better regulations of stored chemicals and to hold those who violate the law accountable. This is what we do.

This week I will be in my kayak paddling the Conewago as well as bicycling along the creek roads collecting information and talking to people. We are in contact with the DEP staying abreast of the cleanup and prevention of additional rain runoff pollution from the fire site.

I would love to hear your story about this beautiful creek.

Bill Minarik
SOLS Executive Director