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Keeping the River: River Songs and Water Shorts

Apr 13, 2016 09:56AM ● By Erica Shames
Bucknell University’s Center for Sustainability and the Environment and the Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® Association, Inc. will present “Keeping the River: River Songs and Water Shorts” on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Baylor Room of the Country Cupboard Best Western Inn, Lewisburg.

The free public program will feature live music that focuses on the Susquehanna River, short documentaries of work being performed by “water warriors” around the world, and an open discussion of challenges facing the river and possible next steps.

Adirondack folk musician Dan Berggren writes with honesty, humor, and a strong sense of place. He will perform a selection of river-related songs that explore the many dimensions of home, taking care of our planet, and caring for each other. While rooted firmly in the Adirondack Mountains where he grew up, Berggren’s music has entertained and informed audiences world-wide.

During this event, he will perform songs about the Susquehanna River watershed, including “One with the Water,” “Power from Above,” “Swimming in the River,” and “Song of the Wilderness.”

Berggren’s music will be interspersed with short documentary films about the work being performed by water-focused environmentalists around the world, including the actions of licensed WATERKEEPERS®.

“WATERKEEPER® Alliance currently protects over two million square miles of watersheds through the work of more than 280 WATERKEEPER organizations in 34 countries on six continents,” explains newly-licensed Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® Carol Parenzan.
“One of the goals of the evening program is to show how my work here locally on the North and West Branches of the river connects every one of us to the water of the world.”

Parenzan is a native coal-region Pennsylvanian. A graduate of Penn State University with a degree in environmental engineering, she brings more than 30 years of water, wastewater, and environmental remediation experience to this new position.

“I have come home to take care of our river,” says Parenzan. “In many ways, it feels as though I never left. I am grateful to everyone who has made me feel truly welcomed. It’s time to make our Susquehanna River healthy – for its communities, families, and fish.”

Following the river songs and water shorts, Parenzan and Carol Kearney High, Operations Manager for Bucknell’s Center for Sustainability and the Environment, will join Berggren on stage for an open discussion, fielding questions from the audience about their perspectives on the river, the challenges it faces, and our next steps to improve, protect, and preserve our natural treasure. 

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