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#4842 Susquehanna river, Pennsylvania, USA

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United States, Pennsylvania, Northumberland

The Susquehanna river is an amazing shallow rocky cold water river the spans 492 miles from New York to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. It has to branches as well the west and the north branch that link to the main branch in central Pennsylvania where I live.

There are an amazing array of freshwater species from musky, walleye, smallmouth bass to the smallest of marginal madtoms and Tesselated Darters which I have on display in the current aquarium.

The river will stay at a pretty steady flow most of the year leaving most spawning activity to slacker pools or tributaries that shoot off of the river. Generally spawning takes place in the spring when the water reaches around 60° or so depending on the species. The Susquehanna is truly an amazing river not only for game fish but just the amount of small aquatic life throughout its echo system. The different bivalves and eels that help filter the river are also a really cool biodiversity it brings.

Submitted by
Chris Walker
GPS
40.8329353, -76.8348770
Geographical region
Northern America
Drainage Basin
Chesapeake Bay
River catchment
Susquehanna river
Water body type
River
Water body name
Susquehanna river
Water body part
Pool
Water body course
Middle course
Water body: tributary of
River
Tributary name
Susquehanna river

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
High
Concentration of sediments
Medium
Water temperature
70 °C
Water flow/curent
Strong

Chemical parameters

pH
7.5
Conductivity
224
GH
15 mg/l
KH
7 mg/l
Dissolved Oxygen
9.2 %

Substrate in nature

Sand
Beige
Pebble/Gravel
Mixed
Stone
Mixed
Stone form
Irregular
Silt/Mud
Brown
Leaves
Few
Driftwood
Many
Submerged terrestrial vegetation
Yes

Aquatic Biotope

Date of collecting
April 15th, 2022
Collecting area
River bank
Water depth
0,2m
Air temperature
10 °C
Sunlight
Full sun

Environment

Environment
Human settlements
Human settlements
Dispersed
Surrounding area

The area around the river where I live is a rural community of diverse people from all backgrounds. We all use the river in one way or another for energy or recreation at some point and we love our river.

Underwater landscape

The underwater landscape changes so much throughout the season as the Susquehanna is mainly a cold water river but does get some aquatic plants and mosses throughout the summer months. It is mainly a very rocky and shallow river that is very clear in most parts.

Fishes:

  • Noturus insignis (Ictaluridae)
  • Pimephales promelas (Cyprinidae)
  • Cottus bairdii (Cottidae)
  • Etheostoma olmstedi (Percidae)
  • Etheostoma blennioides (Percidae)

Molluscs:

  • Corbicula fluminea (Cyrenidae)

Aquatic plants:

  • Myriophyllum aquaticum (Haloragaceae)
  • Ceratophyllum demersum (Ceratophyllaceae)
Threats to ecology

Main thing the people gain from our river is energy and recreation. Its not really commercially fished so that is good for the fishes.