The Susquehanna takes a long and winding path to get from Otsego Lake at Cooperstown to this point in Binghamton. The Chenango comes in from the north at the right.
By this point the Susquehanna has already dipped into Pennsylvania for a little stretch near its closest point to the Delaware River along Route 17.
From here it travels west and then drops back south where it travels almost 300 more miles across 170 miles of Pennsylvania before it comes to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
The entire watershed, this and another great branch, is in great danger from horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, for natural gas and is already feeling the effects of environmental degradation and loss a sense of place as rich agricultural land, forests and small towns become specks on an industrial landscape.