When: May 25, 2019 - June 21, 2019
Lead River Journey
First leg of a river journey to promote water protection, rights of nature, slated to end at the World Peace and Prayer Day gathering at Ft. Ancient near Lebanon, Ohio on summer solstice, June 21, begins Saturday, May 25.
Originally scheduled to begin May 18, event organizers delayed the launch a week due to safety concerns. Paddlers will launch at a site yet to be announced and invite like minded individuals to join in their efforts to promote prioritizing environmental care taking duties. Those who participate will travel at their own risk.
The event is a vision of lead organizer, Degawenodas, who spoke in Coudersport at a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hearing in January, 2018 in opposition of a request made by JKLM, a gas extraction company with its primary base of operation in Potter County, to build a frack wastewater treatment facility. Following voracious public outcry against the proposed facility, and formal notification from Seneca Nation of its opposition to the proposal, the plan was eventually dropped.
Save The Allegheny is a regional environmental and citizen advocacy organization that formed in response to recent threats posed to the Allegheny River, clean drinking water, air quality, endangered species, wildlife and all of our natural resources. This is a cause to restore our rights.
"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."
Artifishal is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.