In the summer of 1996 after four months in development I ran the first ever Geology on the Susquehanna River Tour out of then the Fred L Waterman Conservation and Education Center, now the IBM Glen – Waterman Conservation Education Center at Apalachin New York. The beginning of the Tour was at the Marshland Landing as noted on the attached image. There were two versions of the tour. The long version which was a detail look noting the historical glacial background of the Susquehanna River Basin along with the fauna/flora, river profile and chemistry. The long program entailed a ten-page packet of information about the major points covered in the tour for each participant to follow and lasted some three hours. The short tour was about forty-five minutes and left off from the Owego Treadway’s boat docks on the weekend starting with one short tour on Friday evening before sunset, typically three short runs on Saturdays and Two on Sundays. And if requested one long in the late mornings both Saturday and Sunday. During Friday and Saturday afternoon toward evening the tour was promoted whereby a local radio station WAAL FM was set up on the patio at the Owego Treadway recounting the activities at the Treadway’s Party on the Patio, one of the favorite local gathering spots. The short version was an up and back trip around Hiawatha Island where families staying at the Treadway could take a little adventure, get some basic knowledge of the river with some local folk lore thrown in for the kids. The spooky hotel that used to be on the island in the 1800s where only the foundation is left and all the tales of misdeeds and ghostly goings on still said to be seen from across the river at Hickory Park. All around a pleasureful ride in the evening sunset. During the weekdays there would be if pre scheduled up to two long program tours a day for either school groups or other interested parties. The program went from mid-July to late-September once the season started to break into the fall, a cool down and of course all the tours were done on a weather permitting basis for safety reasons. Or, if for any reason the Susquehanna River were to hit flood stage levels that would suspend all tour activity. This never happened due to the fact that summers by and large never produce enough rainfall for that to happen. The Susquehanna River if it hits flood stage usually does so due to rainfall coupled with snow melt in the spring such as what happened after the Blizzard of 1993 with the Figure 1 chart in the bottom of the page showing the research data I collected on that event.
The Geology on the Susquehanna River Tour of 1996
In order for me to legally run the tour I had to receive the Joint License – Pilot and Engineer by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation of the State of New York that you are looking at here below for Marine and Recreational Vehicles:
My 1996 Joint License – Pilot and Engineer from New York State whereby I was legally liable for any of the tour passengers under my charge just like any airline pilot or otherwise sea captain under the authority of The Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board. License effective 15 July 1996. A little bit of a delay getting started, but then it was full steam ahead:
The Susquehanna River Basin Flood following the Blizzard of 1993
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