Riverkeeper working with prisoners

SNOW SHOE – Some North central Pennsylvania prisoners got some time outside and on the Susquehanna River thanks to the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper.

Carol Parenzan led the “Prison Pilot Project” with prisoners located in the Snow Shoe area in August, “We actually took six prisoners out on the watershed with us for a week, and we did real science. But most importantly, we helped six people connect with a river, or with the environment in general that really haven’t had that opportunity before.”

Parenzan said the experience was life changing for most of the prisoners, “Two of the six had never put their toes in any kind of fresh water…no lake, no stream, no creek, no river. Some came with some fear, and by the end of the week, they were sitting on boarders in the middle of the Susquehanna with a journal writing poetry. So what a big transformation. They’re going to go back to their home communities and hopefully be environmental leaders.”

You can hear more from Parenzan on upcoming events on the river at WKOK. There’s also more information at middlesusquehannariverkeeper.org. (Matt Catrillo)

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