August 21, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — A day-long Susquehanna River conference will be hosted at Bucknell University Saturday, Sept. 23.

The conference will get underway at 8 a.m. at the Elaine Langone Center and conclude with a reception that starts at 5:30 p.m.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss components of an annual State of the River report, showcase key initiatives, and promote further collaboration between area universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations to improve the health of the river basin and its communities.

The conference, "From the Branches to the Confluence: The Upper Susquehanna River Basin and its Communities," is planned by the directors of the Bucknell Environmental Center and the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies. The coalition includes Geisinger Health System, area colleges, and non-profit organizations.

Speakers and moderators include:

  • 8 a.m. - Will Baker, president, Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
  • 9 a.m. - Skip Wieder, Geisinger Health System and convener of the coalition for environmental studies.
  • 9:15 a.m. - Matthew McTammany, associate professor of biology and environmental studies at Bucknell University, Environmental Science on the River.
  • 11 a.m. - Renee Carey, executive director, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Environmental Protection and Restoration.
  • Lunch - Ann Swanson, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
  • 2 p.m. - Bob Hormel, assistant director, SEDA-COG, Connections between the River and Community Vibrancy.
  • 3:45 p.m. - Alf Siewers, assistant professor of English, Environmental Humanities in the River Basin.
  • 5:15 p.m. - Concluding remarks by Bucknell Environmental Center directors Peter Wilshusen, assistant professor of environmental studies, and Craig Kochel, professor of geology.
  • 5:30 p.m. - Reception, poster viewing, and poetry reading.

For more information and conference registration, contact Kim DiRocco at 570-577-1421 or The $10 registration fee will be waived for students.

Posted Aug. 21, 2006


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