Between the Stonycreek’s River of the Year honors and whitewater releases, hundreds have paddled the area’s waterways this year.
And Gov. Tom Corbett might soon join that list.
Local leaders are keeping details under wraps, but said plans are in the works for Corbett to paddle eight miles sometime this summer, possibly starting near the Inclined Plane, where the Stonycreek and Little Conemaugh meet. His entourage would head downstream through the Conemaugh Gap, said Brad Clemenson of Lift Johnstown.
Clemenson and Stonycreek-Quemahoning Initiative’s Mike Kane got approval from the Cambria Somerset Authority during its meeting on Thursday to have a special release the night before, if needed.
The approval was needed because the reservoir may be below the level the CSA normally permits for releases.
“We don’t want the governor dragging his boat on rocks,” Clemenson said, stressing this was “more than just a photo opportunity.”Lift Johnstown and numerous local, environmental, boating and tourism groups have been pushing to increase opportunities on the river, including a river park in Kernville, increased boating options and a geothermal project on the Conemaugh.
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