The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A river runs through their lives

Couple fights to save Susquehanna River

The Mosquito Creek in central Pennsylvania flows through Lee and Edy Hebels' back yard en route to the Susquehanna River.The couple courted during long walks by the Susquehanna, then spent 40 years serving churches along its banks. Now the Hebels are fighting to save the river.

"Our philosophy is do what you can where you are," says Edy Hebel. "The Susquehanna is something we know about and we can bring our resources to bear."

The fabled Susquehanna, an inspiration to such writers as Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson, has become a magnet for industrial development and is subjected to contamination from coal mining, nuclear industries, waste dumping and acid rain.

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