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One of the longest rivers in the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, the Susquehanna River, rises in Otsego Lake in central New York state and then moves through the Appalachian Plateau in New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania to end in the Chesapeake Bay of Maryland.
The Susquehanna River is around 444 mi (714.5 km) long and is known to drain an area of 27,570 sq mi (71,406 sq km). This is, of course, done in conjuncture with the tributaries of the river: the Chemung, West Branch of the Susquehanna, Lackawanna, and Juniata rivers.
The Susquehanna River was never an important waterway, but the valley was crucial as a land route, a focus for coal mining, and a road to the Ohio River system. Due to various obstructions, the river was not considered an optimal water route. In the eastern United States, the Susquehanna River is a potential waterpower source, and hydroelectric power plants have been constructed at Holtwood (York Haven), Safe Harbor (Pennsylvania), and Conowingo (Maryland). The main cities along the Susquehanna River include Binghamton (New York), Wilkes-Barre (Scranton), Williamsport (on the West Branch), and Harrisburg (Pennsylvania).
The Susquehanna River basin covers half the land area of Pennsylvania and some parts of Maryland and New York. The Susquehanna River is said to cover at least 66 counties. Around 43% of the drainage area of the Chesapeake Bay is part of the Susquehanna River basin. The Susquehanna River has six major sub-basins in it. Branching out, the Susquehanna River has almost 49,000 mi (78,858 km) of waterways, including streams, rivers, lakes, brooks, creeks, and runs. About 63% of the Susquehanna River basin is made up of forested areas. Around four million people live in the river's basin. You can easily spot the native brook trout in the basin area living among people. The area is one of the most flooded areas of the entire country, which experiences a damaging flood every 14 years.
The Susquehanna River is the most extensive tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The river provides 50% of the freshwater flow to the Chesapeake Bay. The Susquehanna River is commercially non-navigable and is the longest river on America's east coast. It is also the largest river found entirely in the United States that drains itself in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the Susquehanna River has different widths in various different places, it is the widest in Harrisburg in Pennsylvania, where it is one mi (1.6 km) wide. On an average summer day, the Susquehanna River flows about 20 mi (32.1 km).
The Susquehanna River is the longest river on the east coast of the United States and is a river that drains into the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, the Susquehanna River is one of the major rivers located in the United States.
The West Branch of the river is the principal tributary of the Susquehanna River, while the North Branch is an extension of the main river.
The importance of the river is marked by the presence of freshwater and also fishing opportunities for most in the region. This is why so many organizations have come forward to protect the waterways.
The river is well-known for the presence of fish, such as smallmouth bass. There are also other fish species like walleye, catfish, and smaller panfish.
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