The 32nd paddle of the Swatara Sojourn returns for 2022 on May 1st to help clean the water ways of the Swatara Creek. This annual event lets kayakers and canoers participate in a 9-mile float while cleaning up trash and litter along the way. It is a wonderful way for the whole family to have a fun time and give back.
As we acknowledge Earth Day on April 22, 2022, we want to pay special attention to respecting our land and water. This year’s Swatara Sojourn celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, when the United States recognized that access to clean, safe water is a critical human right and passed the Clean Water Act. This powerful law ended the culture of dumping raw sewage and untreated industrial waste into our waters and led to dramatic improvement in the health and safety of waterways across the country.
Bethany Canner, President of the Swatara Watershed Association mentions, “The Swatara Sojourn gives participants the opportunity to learn about and experience the nature and beauty of the Swatara Creek while ensuring it is left a little nicer for everyone. This event is for beginners and experts alike and anyone who cares about keeping our water clean.”
The Lebanon Valley is home to many beautiful waterways. The Swatara Watershed Association strives to keep our waterways clean by promoting conservation and education. Our natural resources are valuable, and the Swatara Watershed Association aims to protect those resources by regularly monitoring water quality. They support outdoor recreation involving these waterways, like kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and swimming. Their stewardship is made possible through volunteer work and different public events like the Swatara Sojourn, meant to teach others about conservation and encourage the importance of giving back to the community.
If you feel passionate about our waterways, you should participate in the Swatara Sojourn on Sunday, May 1, 2022 to help keep the Swatara Creek clean. For more information visit https://visitlebanonvalley.com/swatara-watershed-association/ .