Little Juniata Case Details

February 4, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

“‘I am writing … to inform you that the Commonwealth owns the Little Juniata River, a navigable river of the Commonwealth and the associated submerged lands in the vicinity of the river’s confluence with Spruce Creek, and holds them in trust for public use.'” That is the beginning of the 2002 letter sent to Spring Ridge Club managing member Donny Beaver by the Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Water Management prior to the club erecting cables across the river to block public access to a portion of the Little Juniata. This piece by biology teacher Mark Nale gives some interesting background on the case, which was decided in favor of public access last Monday. In the Centre Daily Times.