Maintaining riparian buffer and more Riverkeeper events

SUNBURY – The Middle Susquehanna River Keeper has been plenty busy, including working on better efforts to maintaining the riparian buffer. A riparian buffer is the tall grass, wildflowers and other plants that should line the shoreline of a waterway.

On WKOK Sunrise Carol Parenzan says she’s noticed over use of herbicides spraying on the strip of land that is best left with lush plants: “We’re working on an education program with several groups that will be aimed towards fewer applications of chemicals along these buffers and we’re actually looking to integrate the use of goats and sheep as grazers along the buffers to maintain those weeds.”


As for fundraising, she says their annual Dumplings at Dusk river cruise are coming up Saturday, October 14. Boarding will be at 5:45 p.m. for a 6 p.m. departure. Sunset will take place at approximately 6:30.


Parenzan says last year’s cruise was a memorable one, “Last year we set the bar high. We had the most beautiful sunset followed by a wonderful supermoon on the river. I don’t know if we’ll be able to duplicate that but we’re still going to have a great time.”


There will also be songs of the Susquehanna music by Don Shappelle and The Pickups. Tickets are $25 per person or groups of 10 or more can purchase a block of tickets for $20 per person. More information at

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