2015 “River of the Year” Nominations Open

$10,000 grant to go to winning river

Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and municipalities are invited to nominate waterways for the 2015 Pennsylvania River of the Year.
The nomination period is open through October 24, 2014, and then selected nominations will be voted on by the general public beginning in early November.

“Every year we look forward to seeing which rivers are nominated by Pennsylvanians. We hear why one particular river is special, how the river plays a role in the community, how residents and visitors enjoy all the recreational opportunities the river has to offer, how groups have rallied to clean up sections of the river.” said Ellen Ferretti, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Each and every river has a story to tell and we all connect to “our” river in different ways. For 2015, it will be exciting to see which river becomes River of the Year!”

“We are asking for nominations and for the fifth year in a row will allow citizens to vote and choose their River of the Year.”

All Pennsylvania rivers are eligible for nomination, with the exception of winning rivers since 2010.



About the River of the Year Program

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), administer the River of the Year program. Pennsylvania’s River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983.

Pennsylvania’s 2014 River of the Year is the Schuylkill River in southeast Pennsylvania.

“It is always great to see how the state’s rivers get supporters to vote for them. Every year, this voting reaffirms the connections that Pennsylvanians and others have with our waterways.,” said Davitt Woodwell, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, an affiliate of POWR.

“We look forward to once again highlighting the achievements of these local organizations who tirelessly work to protect and promote Pennsylvania rivers.”

After a waterway is chosen, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a paddling trip, or sojourn. The nominating organization of the winning river will receive a $10,000 leadership grant to help fund their River of the Year activities.

The River of the Year sojourn is just one of many paddling trips supported by DCNR and POWR each year. An independent program, the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers. These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers. Applications for sojourn funding support will be accepted beginning in January.

To Nominate a river for the 2015 River of the Year, please click on the nomination form and follow the directions. 2015 River of the Year Nomination Form

For more information contact Angela Vitkoski at avitkoski@pecpa.org